Cathedral Installs Last Supper Painting With A Black Jesus

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, UK
Published 01.07.20

A cathedral in St Albans has installed a painting of The Last Supper that features a black Jesus front and centre.

It’s often overlooked that Jesus would have been pretty dark-skinned, isn’t it? He’s always white-as-white in the paintings, to the degree where he gets confused with Attack Of The Clones-era Obi Wan Kenobi.

Nonetheless, this move is probably going to be controversial for literally no reason, as St Albans Cathedral have replaced a painting of a nativity scene with one of the Last Supper, but with a black Jesus.

More or less a spin on the Renaissance painting from Leonardo Da Vinci, this piece comes courtesy of  fine art artist Lorna May Wadsworth, who chose to paint a Jamaican-born Jesus.

The Last Supper With A Black Jesus

The chap pointing his finger at Jesus looks like Nabil Fekir and next to him is Todd Cantwell. Actually, all of these guys look like footballers…

Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, made the announcement that the painting would be used, which came after the Archbishop of Canterbury asked the Church of England to reconsider portraying the son of god as white.

The proposal from Justin Welby asked that the church represents Jesus as Black, Chinese and Middle Eastern, in a bid to make Christianity more inclusive and accessible.

In a statement regarding the print of the original artwork, Reverend John said:

The church is not in a strong position to preach to others about justice, racial or otherwise.

But our faith teaches that we are all made equally in the image of God, and that God is a God of justice.

Black Lives Matter, so this is why we have turned our Altar of the Persecuted into a space for reflection and prayer with Lorna’s altarpiece at the heart“.

St Albans Cathedral Installs Painting Of The Last Supper With A Black Jesus

The Black Lives Matter movement – while a pity it’s needed – has done some wonderful things for inclusivity in the past few months. There are worries that small, non-tangible changes are being made rather than ones that will see genuine differences are being employed and as Malcolm X once said:

The white man will try to satisfy us with symbolic victories rather than economic equity and real justice“.

With Disney changing theme park rides and Uncle Ben’s undergoing a rebrand, while genuine equality remains out of reach, it seems like that quote is more relevant than ever.

Still though, it’s nice to see inclusivity in the Church of England.

Images via Lorna May Wadsworth