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The National Cathedral is debating what to do about windows celebrating Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson that were donated by the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1953.

Here are two of the Jackson windows.

stonewall jackson depicted as saint

That is, without a doubt, the iconography of sainthood. Jackson is being welcomed into Heaven with the words "So he passed over and all the trumpets sounded for him", which is from Pilgrim's Progress.

Stonewall Jackson was a 'kind' slaveowner (yes, sneer quotes) who sold his slaves after the beginning of the civil war because "the excitement of the times proved so demoralizing to them". (A grandson of one of his slaves erected a memorial window to him. People are complicated.) He fought in defense of slavery.

He was not a fucking saint. The Daughters of the Confederacy donated windows depicting him as such. (The National Cathedral removed the Confederate Battle flag from these windows and from the Robert E. Lee windows, which have the same issues, last year.) A cathedral window should not be glorifying him.

Date: 2017-06-29 04:03 pm (UTC)
nineveh_uk: Illustration that looks like Harriet Vane (Harriet)
From: [personal profile] nineveh_uk
Sounds like it is time for them to go into a museum accompanied by contextual information.

Date: 2017-06-29 04:23 pm (UTC)
muccamukk: Steve standing with his arms folded, looking disapproving. (Avengers: Judgy Arms)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
If you read contemporary accounts from his slaves and slaves who had to work with him in the army, they weren't fans. And... let's take invading Mexico off there generally?

Date: 2017-06-29 05:39 pm (UTC)
muccamukk: White chalk cliffs in forground, small light tower rising out of the sea in background. (Lights: Dover)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
No, for sure, but does waving sabres and charging into someone else's country need to be in the actual window?

Date: 2017-06-29 06:49 pm (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Jackson is being welcomed into Heaven with the words "So he passed over all and all the trumpets sounded for him", which is from Pilgrim's Progress.

I didn't know these windows existed. Yikes.

[edit] I suppose it is a sign of how normalized the entire Lost Cause mythos had become that the Daughters of the Confederacy could have a pauper's bible of their most famous generals installed in the National Cathedral, because otherwise that is just an incredibly strange thing to read.
Edited (italics, also misunderstood) Date: 2017-06-29 07:00 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-29 07:56 pm (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
How *did* the South do it?

I assume many of the Northerners wanted to believe it.

Date: 2017-06-29 07:57 pm (UTC)
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] larryhammer
Generations of repeating it.

Date: 2017-06-29 08:46 pm (UTC)
recessional: bare-footed person in jeans walks on log (Default)
From: [personal profile] recessional
Civil wars can be like that - see also the history of the English civil war, where you end up with "Roundheads: right but repulsive; Cavaliers: Wrong but Romantic".

I think if you're going to find a way to not be ETERNALLY at that civil war, until it's not really a civil war anymore it's just a war over a specific bit of territory, you kinda have to either wipe out the other side completely and persecute all the remnants until the nth generation (see Russian Civil War) or you have to find some way to reconcile, even on a basic level.

That fact makes the victors very succeptable to guilt. Sometimes appropriately! Sometimes not. So.
Edited Date: 2017-06-29 08:47 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-01 10:41 am (UTC)
tree_and_leaf: Isolated tree in leaf, against blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
Yes, I think that's true.

Date: 2017-06-30 01:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] garpu
Wish I could say I'm surprised at the reaction. Or non-reaction, as the case may be. :/

Date: 2017-07-04 12:08 am (UTC)
duskpeterson: An apprentice builds a boat as a man looks on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] duskpeterson
Here's an interesting editorial on the topic:

Some context for this: The National Cathedral has generally been progressive on issues of race, etc. Back in 2015, the cathedral's dean called for the removal of the windows. However, the Episcopal Church tends to be as slow as molasses in procedure. (No more so than most churches, I imagine.) So I'm not surprised that the conversation is still continuing after all this time.

Date: 2017-07-04 12:50 am (UTC)
duskpeterson: An apprentice builds a boat as a man looks on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] duskpeterson
"Don't know how long the Daughters of the Confederacy had been building the window before that."

They'd been hoping for a window to Lee since at least 1950, it appears.

And here's a note in a 1952 issue of the Episcopal Church's newsmagazine about the windows. No indication of what the theological grounds were for the decision to install the windows, but the phrasing of the article hints that there was some question as to whether a memorial to Confederate soldiers was appropriate.

A search on "Negro" in that volume of the newsmagazine shows that the place of African-Americans in the Episcopal Church was a topic of much controversy at that time.


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