A U.S. woman based in Connecticut is suing Harvard University for what she is alleging to be “wrongful seizure, possession, and expropriation” of pictures taken of 19th-century slaves.
The woman, Tamara Lanier, says, one particular man in the photos is her great-great-great-grandfather Renty. There is also a picture of Renty’s daughter Delia who was taken picture stripped from the waist up. Renty is also shirtless in the picture.
Lanier’s lawsuit claims Harvard has been “shamelessly” exploiting and profiting from the images of her ancestors. The pictures currently stand displayed at a museum within the campus.
The picture of Renty, who Lanier describes as Papa Renty, has been used by the University as a cover for a book, which explores the use of photography in anthropology. The book sells for $40.
The lawsuit puts up the case that the slaves did not give legal consent to be photographed at the time. It goes further to argue that by using their images for “commercial purposes” the University is perpetuating a painful legacy of slavery, which restricted African Americans from owning personal properties.
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