Updated at July 14 at 10:56 a.m.
The dishwasher who last month knocked out a stained-glass window at Yale University will not be charged for shattering the image of slavery, and he would like his job back.
On Thursday Yale President Peter Salovey sent a statement to the “Yale Community,” apparently to address the wide concern for Corey Menafee from alumni. In it, Salovey said the school reached out to the State’s Attorney office in Connecticut and asked it not to pursue charges agains Menafee, adding Yale didn’t intend to recoup restitution for the window. Salovey also said Yale had already begun to reconsider which images around the school belong on walls, or in windows, and which were wiser to keep in galleries or exhibits, where “historical background can be provided.”
In April Salovey started a committee to review art around the school, and that “based on their work so far, a number of windows have already been scheduled to be removed from Calhoun College and conserved for study and future exhibitions.”
The stained-glass pictures that are taken down will be replaced by other works. But in the meantime, they will be covered with tinted glass.
Menafee, meanwhile, appears to want his job back, according to the union of service and maintenance employees at Yale. In a statement, Bob Proto, president of Local 35 UNITE HERE, said:
Facing termination and worrying about providing for his family, Mr. Menafee chose to resign; the union stood with Mr. Menafee through this terrible ordeal, and we will stand with him again if Yale is willing to discuss a pathway for Mr. Menafee to return to a Yale University job.