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Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard - Documentary is Funded!
Tamara Lalnier's lawsuit against Harvard makes the explosive issues of white supremacy and reparations vividly personal.
September 7th Update - The Harvard Crimson
Undergraduate Council Unanimously Passes Statement Condemning Harvard’s Possession of Images of Slaves
“President Bacow, it is not your place, nor is it the place of the University or affiliated institutions, to claim ownership under the law for Renty and Delia. Let them go home, and begin to set a new standard for Harvard that all students, faculty and the community can respect,” the legislation read. Learn More
April, 2020, Connecticut Magazine
Tamara Lanier is suing Harvard over photos of her enslaved ancestors
All her life, Tamara Lanier heard stories about an enslaved ancestor named Renty. A few years ago, the Norwich resident started researching her family history and has since unearthed genealogical evidence she believes proves she is a descendant of Renty, an African-born slave who labored on a South Carolina plantation. By Erik Ofgang, THE CONNECTICUT STORY. Photo by Peter Hvizdak
January 30, 2020, The Harvard Crimson
Should Harvard Students and Alumni Be So Proud?
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. By Meredith McKinney
December 18, 2019, The Harvard Crimson
Harvard Affiliates Petition University to Return Images of Slaves to Their Descendant
March 20, 2019 - The Washington Post
Harvard accused in lawsuit of retaining and profiting from images of slaves
When Tamara was a little girl, she said, her mother would often tell her stories about her great-great-great-grandfather, whom she called Papa Renty. He was from Congo, enslaved on a plantation in South Carolina . . .
By Susan Svrluga and Mara Reinstein
September 10th Hearing - Postponed
Harvard v. Tamara Lanier
The court date established to hear arguments supporting Tamara Lanier's request that Harvard University release daguerreotypes of her enslaved descendants, Papa Renty and Delia to the family is postponed. We will post the new date when we are notified.
February 7, 2020, CT WVIT-TV
Norwich Woman Wants Harvard to Hand Over Slave Photos of Her Ancestors
Tamara Lanier has sued Harvard in an attempt to reclaim photos of her ancestors as slaves.
January 22, 2020, The Harvard Crimson
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
June 20, 2019, USA Today
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.
March 20, 2019 - CBS Boston
Harvard 'Shamelessly' Profits From Photos Of Slaves, Lawsuit Claims
Tamara Lanier is suing Harvard University for ownership of daguerreotypes of slaves who she says are her ancestors. By Collin Binkley AP Education Writer
September 29th - The New York Times
The First Photos of Enslaved People Raise Many Questions About the Ethics of Viewing
June 27, 2020 - 6pm EST
Juneteenth Ain't Over - A Short Film and Discussion with Tamara Lanier
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.
February 26, 2020, WNPR.org
Who Owns History?
When Tamara Lanier's mother died in 2010, the Norwich, CT, resident remembered a promise she made to her: to document who her ancestors were.
In 2019, Lanier sued Harvard for "wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation" of the daguerreotypes.
By Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Lucy Nalpathanchil & Ryan Caron King
June 20, 2019, CBS Boston, Boston News
Woman Suing Harvard Over Slave Photos Gets Key Support
The haunting photo of an African slave known as Papa Renty is at the center of a dispute over whether it's a personal photo belonging to the family of Tamara Lanier or Harvard University.