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When Mary Was Black
As a writer and researcher, I believe that there is much that I could say about the image of the Black Madonna. As an artist, however, I also believe that the age-old adage is true: a picture paints a thousand words. And so I will let these pictures -- a small portion of the many that I've collected -- speak for themselves.
When I have found both the time and the finances to support an unprecedented film project like this, I will produce my full documentary on the Black Madonna. One which marries both pictures and words. In the meantime, I offer this mock film trailer to herald that future time project of mine. This is but a glimpse into a remarkable tale that has thus far gone untold; and but a glance at that now largely forgotten time when Mary, the Mother of God, was black.
-- Paco D. Taylor
Paco Taylor is an independent scholar, artist, author and editor of Kung Fu Grip! zine. A foremost expert on the image of the Black Madonna, Paco has been studying and collecting photographs of such icons since the mid-1990s. His collection features more than 500 such works, culled from every corner of Christian Europe, and other parts of the Christian world. In addition to his work on the Black Madonna, Paco is at work on the books Nigra Sum: The Hidden Face of Jesus and Chinese Arithmetic: The Lost Graffiti Art of Chicago.