William P Dubose Canceled

The reckoning continues at Sewanee: The University of the South and throughout the Episcopal Church over William Porcher Dubose, a physican, priest, Confederate soldier and second dean of Sewanee’s School of Theology. After years of complaints, the school has removed his name from its annual lecture series. For the first time, the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music has voted to remove Dubose from TEC’s official calendar of saints. They say new research has brought to light Dubose’s defense of White supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan, well after the U.S. Civil War to end slavery. The Very Rev. James Turrell, the seminary’s dean, is a member of the Standing Commission and he said this: “Who we choose to memorialize in our calendar is a reflection both on the people that we are remembering but also a reflection on those doing the remembering. I think one of the things that we have been coming to grips with, both in the wider church but also here at Sewanee, is the unspoken assumptions that we once made that came out of a frankly structurally racist past.”

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