An enslaved man holds a knife as he hides in a swamp with his family
Original Author: Thomas Moran
Created: ca. 1864
Medium: Oil on paper

Slave Hunt

An enslaved family, at lower left, hides from slave catchers closing in on them in this oil painting by Thomas Moran titled Slave Hunt. The Black man holds a knife as two white men, at upper right, search the thickly forested area. This scene likely depicts the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, as this painting is a close replica of another, larger one by Moran that identifies that swamp as the location.