NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Latest on the destruction of a stained glass window at Yale (all times local):
Yale University has acknowledged that it decided to remove several stained-glass windows at Calhoun College only after a worker destroyed one in June that depicted slaves in a cotton field.
Corey Menafee, who is black, used a broomstick last month to break the window inside Calhoun College, which has been the target of student protests because it is named for former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an ardent 19th century defender of slavery.
The school had earlier said it had planned to remove that window and others to be "conserved for future study and possible contextual exhibition."
Tuesday afternoon, the school acknowledged that decision came after the June incident.
Yale says it artist specializing in stained glass will be commissioned to design new windows, with input from the Yale community, including students, on what they should depict.
Yale University has asked the state not to pursue criminal charges against a former worker who destroyed a stained-glass window depicting slaves in a cotton field.
Corey Menafee, who is black, told reporters outside New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday that he probably shouldn't have broken the window last month, but he found the image disturbing.
The window was inside Calhoun College, named for former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an ardent defender of slavery during the 19th century. The college's name has been the subject of protests by students who want it changed.
The 38-year-old former dining hall employee was in court Tuesday facing a felony charge of criminal mischief and a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge.
Yale says Menafee resigned. It says it already planned to remove the window.