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Harvard must face proceedings over "horrible" slave photography: Massachusetts Court

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Boston — Massachusetts Thursday The Supreme Court said Harvard University could be accused of abusing the descendants of slaves who were forced to be photographed for a 1850 study by a professor trying to prove the inferiority of blacks. Arbitrated.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court saidハーバード大学が画像の作成における「恐ろしい、歴史的な役割」を決定したことは、タマラ・ラニエの情報要求に注意深く対応する義務があることを意味しました。行う。

But the court said the Ivy League school did not need to hand over the photos to Lanier, "terrible. Despite the situation, she concluded that she did not have a legitimate property right in the photo.

This decision partially revived the proceedings filed by a Connecticut woman in 2019. Lanier's lawyer, Josh Koskoff, called the ruling a "historic victory."

Harvard University, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said it is considering a decision.

The image is of Lenti Lenti, a slave to the South Carolina plantation who was forced to undress for a photo taken by Professor Louis Agassiz of Harvard University for a racist study. It depicts Taylor and his daughter Delia.

Judge Scott Cuffker "carefully" dismisses Harvard's allegations of ancestral ties and uses images, such as when the school uses Lenti's image on the cover of a book. I wrote that I ignored the request for information about.

Harvard's actions mean that the jury can reasonably determine that through its "extreme and exorbitant acts" it has recklessly caused Lanier her emotional distress. Cuffker said.

"Harbourd's past collusion in the aversive behavior that the Daguerreotype produced informs us of our current responsibility for the descendants of individuals forced to capture half-naked images with the Daguerreotype." He is writing.

Judge Elspeth Cipher, in agreement, proposed a new legal claim that Lanier could pursue to restore the image, and if proved, her claim "requests complete relief." And not less than that. " (Report by Nate Raymond of Boston, edited by Alexia Garamfarvi and Bill Burke)