June 27, 2020 - 6pm EST

In a thought-provoking and candid experimental documentary, artist-scholar Rashayla Marie Brown shows how Black women, including her mother, Tamara Lanier, challenge entertainment giants and universities to gain legal rights and reparations for use of their visual identities.

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February 7, 2020

Tamara Lanier has sued Harvard in an attempt to reclaim photos of her ancestors as slaves.

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January 22, 2020

Harvard Students Form Coalition Supporting Slave Photo Lawsuit's Demands

An exhibit in CGIS Knafel last spring included artist Noel W. Anderson's diptych Renty By Kathryn S. Kuhar 

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June 20, 2019

Fight over Renty and Delia, earliest photos of US slaves, sees Agassiz descendants team up against Harvard

Tamar Lanier flanked by sisters Susanna McKean Moore & Marian Shaw Moore, descendants of former Harvard professor Louis Agassiz. 


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April, 2020

Plaintiff awarded damages. Judgement relies solely on the absence of the photographed person's consent. Report dated July 1, 1890.

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February 6, 2020

Forgotten in the attic for 103 years, artifacts from Harvard's sordid past open a discussion on its responsibility to social reparations.

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December 19, 2019

Peabody Director Proposes Increasing Public Access to Slave Photos at Center of Lawsuit

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. By Rohan W. Goel 

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April 17, 2019

Harvard Has 'The Law on Our Side' in Lawsuit Over Photos of Slaves, Bacow Says

Lawrence S. Bacow was sworn in as Harvard's 29th president Friday in a ceremony attended by four University presidents. By Kathryn S. Kuhar 

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February 10, 2020

Maya Counter prepares to speak during Monday's meeting of the City Council about a proposed name change for the Agassiz neighborhood. (Photo: Marc Levy)

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January 30, 2020

The student-led Harvard Coalition to Free Renty will congregate in coming weeks to review the Lanier case and take a critical look at how our school treats descendants of slaves.

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December 18, 2019

Harvard Affiliates Petition University to Return Images of Slaves to Their Descendant

The Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology houses the images of two enslaved people which prompted an ongoing lawsuit against Harvard. By Rohan W. Goel 

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March 20, 2019

Who Should Own Photos of Slaves?  The Descendants, not Harvard, a Lawsuit Says

Tamara Lanier is suing Harvard University for ownership of daguerreotypes of slaves who she says are her ancestors. By Karsten Moran


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