A Chapel Highlight

Space at Chapel Entrance to Remain Vacant

In a message to the Duke community, President Vincent E. Price said the space at Duke Chapel's main entrance (portal) formerly occupied by a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee will remain vacant. In announcing his decision, Price said: "As Dean of Duke Chapel and Reverend Luke Powery suggested almost a year ago, the empty space might represent 'a hole that is in the heart of the United States of America, and perhaps in our own human hearts—that hole that is from the sin of racism and hatred of any kind.' I have concluded that Dean Powery’s suggestion is the right one, particularly when combined with the placement of a plaque in the foyer of Duke Chapel that explains why the space is empty. It will provide a powerful statement about the past, the present and our values." Read the full announcement.