Interpreting St. Paul's Episcopal Church's Confederate Windows

One of the things I really enjoyed about my recent interview with historian Chris Graham was his analysis of the stained glass windows inside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church that honor Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. Most of the Richmond congregation was unaware that the windows honored the two Confederate leaders when they came up for discussion following the Charleston murders in 2015.

You’ll see why.

Civil War Memory
Interview With Christopher Graham
Watch now (70 min) | It was a pleasure spending time with Christopher Graham to discuss his new book, Faith, Race, and the Lost Cause: Confessions of a Southern Church (University Press of Virginia). This is a book that I highly recommend if you are interested in the history of the Lost Cause, the history of race relations in the South, and Church history…
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Chris does an excellent job of laying out the historical context for the dedication of the windows in the 1890s and with analyzing the windows themselves.

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I thought it would be helpful to share this part of the interview for those of you who don’t have the time to watch it in its entirety. It also makes for a really good classroom resource for those of you teaching the Civil War and Civil War memory.


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