84 x 40" Chinese ink, watercolor, acrylic, gouache on Mulberry paper, suspended from a wood dowel and an American Eagle door knocker.
I imagined side A of “It is Rumored” as a remembrance of murdered slaves who were cruelly tossed from ships. There is no documentation from insurance claims to support the practice of disposal of dead or near dying slaves at Bloody Point. But it is documented at other sites off the coast of Africa. (1) Although it does seem possible that if one wanted to hide nefarious deeds, the deepest part of the Chesapeake Bay would hide the evidence.
I imagine a young woman attempting to hold up her newborn infant and a young man struggling to swim despite the chain weighing him down. Light filters through the murky water as figures fall toward an unnatural light.
Haley, Chris. "A Point of Land On Kent Island." The Archivists' Bulldog: Newsletter of the Maryland State Archives, Vol. 15, No. 18 (Sept. 24, 2001)