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Yale worker destroys stained-glass window depicting slaves

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Yale University has asked the state not to pursue criminal charges against a former worker who destroyed a stained-glass window that illustrated slaves in a cotton field.

Corey Menafee, a black man, told reporters outside New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday that he probably shouldn’t have broken the window last month, but that he found the image disturbing.

The window was inside Calhoun College — one of Yale’s residential colleges — named for former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an ardent defender of slavery during the 19th century. The college’s name has been the subject of protests by students who want it changed.

The 38-year-old former dining hall employee was in court Tuesday facing a felony charge of criminal mischief and a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge.

Yale says Menafee has resigned and had already planned to remove the window before the employee destroyed it.