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Harvard: Descendant can sue over ′horrific′ slave photos | News | DW


A woman in the United States who says she’s descended from slaves portrayed in widely-published, historical photos owned by Harvard can sue the university for emotional distress, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Thursday.

Tamara Lanier says she is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Renty Taylor, who along with his daughter Delia was forced to be photographed for an 1850 study by a professor trying to prove the inferiority of Black people.

Lanier demanded the photos and unspecified damages from Harvard, saying the school had exploited the daguerreotype for profit.

Thursday’s ruling overturns a lower court judgment that dismissed Lanier’s 2019 complaint.

Supreme Judicial Court Justice Scott Kafker wrote that Harvard had “cavalierly” dismissed Lanier’s claims of an…



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