Stained-Glass 'Peace' Window To Be Dedicated At West Side Church

Bernie Tafoya
February 20, 2019 - 1:50 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A special stained glass window representing the hopes for peace in Chicago will be dedicated at a church on the West Side this Sunday.

The 25-foot diameter stained glass window at the New Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church is called the Sankofa Peace Window.

"Sankofa. You have to remember where you’ve been in order to know how to move forward," said Rev. Marshall Hatch, pastor of New Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

The window depicts the faces of the four young girls who were killed in the church bombing in Birmingham in 1963 and then, on the bottom, "These are young people we call ‘urban martyrs’ in Chicago’s violence epidemic," said Rev. Hatch.

Those violence victims include Hadiyah Pendleton, Blair Holt, Laquan McDonald, Demetrius Griffin and Derrion Albert.

 "These young people were selected by our youth group at the church as representative of, not only their fears, but also their hopes," he said.

In the middle of the window is Jesus walking with children toward the village.

The Sankofa Peace Window might have taken longer to complete had it not been for special visitors to the church. According to Rev. Hatch, the visitors had been checking out the church's Maafa Redemption Project, a program to train young men in trade skills and provide them other services, and while there, they learned about plans for the window and donated. Rev. Hatch calls those donors "angels on our shoulders".

The window cost $100,000.