Yale Clarifies Stance on Stained-Glass Image of Slaves

July 13, 2016

Yale University on Tuesday released additional information about a stained-glass depiction of two slaves that a former worker used a broomstick to break. Reports on the former employee's having lost his job (Yale says he resigned) led to many questions about why Yale maintained the stained-glass window, which was also criticized by many besides the man who broke it.

Yale's new statement says: "As part of President [Peter] Salovey’s initiative in April to review Yale’s history with regard to slavery, the Committee on Art in Public Spaces was charged to assess all of the art on campus, including the windows in Calhoun [College]. After the window was broken in June, the committee recommended that it and some other windows be removed from Calhoun, conserved for future study and a possible contextual exhibition, and replaced temporarily with tinted glass. An artist specializing in stained glass will be commissioned to design new windows, with input from the Yale community, including students, on what should replace them."

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