The highest court in Massachusetts ruled on Thursday (23) for the university Harvard can be processed by Abuses descendant of slaves forced to film 1850 To study the professor who tried to prove the inferiority of blacks.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court of Justice ruled that the “historic and appalling role” of Harvard In creating the images, the university had a duty to respond carefully to Tamara Lanier’s requests for information about the images, which the university did not do, according to her.
But the court said the university You don’t need to hand over photos to LanierIt concluded that, despite the “scandalous” circumstances, a Connecticut woman had no property right over her.
The decision revives a lawsuit that Lanier started in 2019. Lanier and her attorneys, Ben Crump and Josh Koskov, said in a joint statement that the “historic” decision would allow her to “continue this legal and moral battle for justice.”
Harvardwhich is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said it was reviewing the decision.
Footage shows Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, slaves on a plantation in North Carolina, forced to strip because of photographs taken for a racial study by a University of North Carolina professor. Harvard Louis Agassiz.
Judge Scott Kafkir wrote that Harvard He “blatantly” rejected Lanier’s claims of an ancestral connection and ignored his requests for information about how he used the images, including at the time the university used Rinte’s image on the book’s cover.
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