Minnesota Church Votes to Remove Tapestry Showing the First Thanksgiving Over Concerns It is ‘Disturbing and Hurtful to Many People’

The “Churchmen in the New World” embroidery, first put on display at Plymouth Congregational Church of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1974. On Nov. 10, 2019, the congregation voted to remove it. | Courtesy of Allison Campbell Jensen

A Minnesota church has voted to approve the removal of a large embroidery that has been on display since 1974 over the belief that it’s racially offensive.

Plymouth Congregational Church of Minneapolis, Minnesota, voted Sunday to uphold the church leadership’s decision to remove the embroidery, known as the “Churchmen in the New World.”

A total of 372 church members voted against reversing the leadership’s decision to remove the embroidery, which was 16 feet tall and 25 feet wide, while 182 voted in favor.

The Christian Post reached out to the Plymouth Church for this report. A representative responded that the clergy could not return comment by press time.

In an email sent to the congregation that was forwarded to CP, church leadership explained that the decision was rooted in their “commitment to racial justice and our desire to be inclusive of all people’s history.”

“We may differ on how that can be done, but the shared commitment has been visible at Plymouth from the beginning,” they stated.

“[Sunday’s] vote is not the conclusion of our work but the continuation of work started at the inception of this church. Every generation is responsible for how this gets carried out.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski