“Immigration officials, they saw this as graffiti, and then they painted it over. There’s at least seven coats of paint through the thirty years of history there. And after [officials] started painting over, the Chinese would brush the characters onto the wall, and then they would carve the outline of the characters so that then you could still see the words.”
Hear the rest of the story on the poetry left behind by detained Chinese immigrants on Angel Island, and many more for outlets including BackStory and Life of the Law.
Because history shouldn't be silent.
Footnote Is a look at all the people, places and events that never quite made it into history class. Conceived and created by Emily Gadek, with a small budget and big love. Listen here!
Watch Rodin's 'Eve' gets a little regularly-scheduled TLC (tender loving conservation) in August 2013. More video work, from the surrender at Appomattox to Chicago's Fish Hotel here.