Judge ruled a photo of slaves belongs to Harvard, not the woman who says she is their direct descendant
- A woman sued
Harvardover photos that she says depict her enslaved ancestors.
- A judge ruled against her this week, saying Harvard was the lawful owner of the images.
- The photos, taken in 1850, are thought to be the earliest known photos of enslaved people in the US.
A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought on by a woman who said
Tamara Lanier sued Harvard in 2019, claiming that she was the rightful owner of images that depicted her ancestor Renty and his daughter Delia, but a Massachusetts judge ruled against her this week."Fully acknowledging the continuing impact
The judge said if the subjects of the images did not own them when they were taken, then their descendant does not own them either.The images of Renty and Delia were commissioned in 1850 by Harvard biologist Louis Agassiz and are believed to be among the first photographs taken of enslaved people in the US.
The photos, which show Renty and Delia stripped to the waist, were used to argue for the institution of slavery.Lanier said she grew up hearing stories about an ancestor known as "Papa Renty." She came across the photos online in 2011 and spent years working to verify her lineage to Renty, USA Today reported. On Friday, Lanier told CNN she would appeal the decision.
"I think that Harvard, just how they have treated not only Renty, but his family, his legacy, his rich cultural
In a statement to The Times, Harvard said it hopes the ruling would make the photos "more accessible" to the public, calling the photos "powerful visual indictments of the horrific institution of slavery."
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