The Confederate flag conversation has made its way to glass.

Lee1Last week, Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., called for the removal of two stained glass windows in the cathedral that include an image of the Confederate flag. The windows were installed in 1953 “honoring the lives and legacies of Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee,” Hall says in a statement.

“The Cathedral installed these windows, in part, because its leadership at the time hoped they would foster reconciliation between parts of the nation that had been divided by the Civil War,” says Hall. He adds that because the Cathedral is the “national” cathedral, “it sought to depict America’s history in a way that promoted healing and reconciliation.”

026.Lee-JacksonHowever, he now calls for the windows to be taken out.

“Here, in 2015, we know that celebrating the lives of these two men, and the flag under which they fought, promotes neither healing nor reconciliation, especially for our African-American sisters and brothers,” he says.

Recent debate about the flag followed a bid for it be removed from Statehouse grounds in South Carolina, which came in the wake of a shooting at a Charleston, S.C. church two weeks ago that left nine people dead. Prior to the shooting, Dylann Roof, who was charged with the murders, posted photos online posing with the Confederate flag.

Over the two weeks, the presence of the flag in various places has been a topic of discussion in the media, as well as among many in the public.

Hall says the removal of the stained glass windows isn’t meant to “eliminate reminders of a painful past. Rather, we seek to represent that past honestly in a manner that matches our shared aspirations for a diverse, just and compassionate nation.”

Until the windows can be replaced, which Hall says “takes time, energy and money,” a display explaining the windows’ historical context will be mounted alongside them.