St. Paul's Episcopal Church has a long history in Richmond, Virginia, and was once known as the "Cathedral of the Confederacy." In the 1890s, its members installed memorial stained glass windows to Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, and cultivated the connection between the church and the Confederate experience. In 2015, St. Paul's initiated a racial self-study and reflected on its lingering reputation as the Confederate church. In this history lecture, St. Paul's member Chris Graham will speak about some of the expected and unexpected findings about the way memorials and ideologies carry different meanings over time, turn into actions that people take, and perhaps even fade into the background for new generations.
Chris Graham is from North Carolina, but presently lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he is the Curator of Exhibitions at the American Civil War Museum.