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CAIR Welcomes Washington National Cathedral’s Replacement of Confederate-Themed Stained Glass with Works Dedicated to Racial Justice

(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/24/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed an announcement by Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., that works by artist Kerry James Marshall dedicated to racial justice will replace two Confederate-themed stained-glass panels removed from that house of worship in 2017.

The works will fill niches on the cathedral’s wall that once held windows dedicated to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and had included a Confederate flag.

SEE: National Cathedral to Replace Confederate-Themed Stained Glass with Art Dedicated to Racial Justice

Artist chosen to replace Confederate windows in Washington National Cathedral

“We welcome this decision by Washington National Cathedral as a clear sign that our nation is turning away from the racist legacy of the Confederacy toward a more just and inclusive society,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He noted that yesterday, CAIR called on the South Carolina Legislature to repeal a law protecting Confederate monuments after it was upheld by the state Supreme Court, and that CAIR has urged and supported the removal of Confederate monuments across the country.

SEE: CAIR Renews Call for Removal of N.C. Confederate Monument, Calls for Removal of Other Confederate Monument in State 

CAIR Welcomes Maryland County Council’s Vote to Relocate Confederate Statue From Public Property 

CAIR Supports Lawsuit to Remove Tuskegee, Ala. Confederate Monument 

Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Asian and anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.  

SEE: CAIR-Kentucky Condemns Racist, Anti-Semitic Flyers Distributed in Paducah

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   

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