Yale Rehires Worker Who Smashed Window Depicting Slavery

[Updated (7/19/2016, 8:47 p.m.) with word that Mr. Menafee has accepted Yale's offer to return to work.]

Yale University says it is willing to rehire an employee who last month intentionally broke a stained-glass window depicting slaves, and late Tuesday the former worker accepted Yale’s offer.

Corey Menafee, a dishwasher in the university’s Calhoun College dining hall, resigned on June 21 after he destroyed the window, which had an image of slaves carrying cotton bales that he found offensive. He has since apologized and offered to rescind his resignation, according to a university spokeswoman, Karen Peart.

Yale will allow Mr. Menafee to return to work in a different setting next week after a five-week unpaid suspension, which includes the time since his resignation, Ms. Peart said. The university has also asked Connecticut state prosecutors to drop all criminal charges against Mr. Menafee.

“We are willing to take these unusual steps given the unique circumstances of this matter, and it is now up to Mr. Menafee whether he wishes to return to Yale,” Ms. Peart said in an email to The Chronicle on Tuesday.

A lawyer for Mr. Menafee said her client would report to work on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

The building in which the window was broken has also been a source of controversy because it is named for John C. Calhoun, a supporter of slavery who served as U.S. vice president and graduated from Yale in 1804.

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