The Supreme Court of the State of Massachusetts ruled this Thursday (23) that the University Harvard can be processed by Abusing descendants of forced slaves to be photographed in 1850 For the study of a professor who tried to prove the inferiority of black people.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court of Justice ruled that the “terrible and historic role” Harvard Creating the images meant that the university had a duty to carefully respond to Tamara Lanier’s requests for information about the images, which, according to her, the university did not.
But the court said the university You don’t need to hand over the photos to LanierConcluding that despite the “reprehensible” circumstances, a Connecticut woman has no right over them.
The decision partly revives the lawsuit Lanier began in 2019. Lanier and his lawyers, Ben Crump and Josh Koskoff, said in a joint statement that the “historic” decision would allow them to “continue this legal and moral fight for justice.”
Harvardbased in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said it was reviewing the decision.
Footage shows Renty Taylor and her daughter Delia, enslaved on a plantation in North Carolina, who were forced to undress for photographs taken for a racist study. Harvard Louis Agassiz.
Judge Scott Kafkar wrote that Harvard had “explicitly” rejected Lanier’s claims of paternal links and disregarded his requests for information about how he was using the images, which the university rented on the cover of a book picture was used.