Lanier’s lawyers argued in a hearing today that she could seek possession of the daguerreotypes of her enslaved ancestors via equitable jurisdiction.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences now carries the name of Kenneth C. Griffin, backer of candidates pushing anti-LGBTQ+ laws and climate change denial.
The university said it will return the samples, some of which were used in research that directly or indirectly supported scientific racism.
But the court ruled unanimously that Harvard was not legally obligated to return the photographs.
“For too long, these remains have been separated from their individuality, their history, and their communities,” reads a report obtained by the Harvard Crimson.
The first and best thing the university can do to atone for its past of exploitation and profiteering is simply to renounce its present-day exploitation and profiteering.
The school announced a $100 million fund to “redress” its legacies with slavery, but holds on to daguerreotypes of Tamara Lanier’s enslaved ancestors.
In this episode of the Hyperallergic podcast, Lanier talks about her continuing quest for justice that includes the return of the daguerreotypes depicting her enslaved ancestors.
The Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art are among the many that have benefited from Kremlin-backed wealth.
Hundreds of period-appropriate set items, costumes, and paper facsimiles of Dickinson’s writings were gifted to the museums.
Tamara Lanier’s battle for the ownership of her ancestors’ images is forcing the law to contend with the the institution of chattel slavery in interpreting intellectual property parameters.
The former shield featured the family crest of Isaac Royall, Jr., who made his wealth through the labor of enslaved people.