The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, his daughter Delia, along with other enslaved men and women, more than presenting subjects bound by unfreedom, offer evidence of the violence and brutality of American slavery, whose dismissals and denials haunt the nation still.
Papa Renty Taught Us How to Read
Renty Taylor wasn’t only an enslaved individual, he was much much more, and his story should concern us all.
Legal Precedents or Reparations? Lawsuit Against Harvard May Decide Who Owns Images of Enslaved People
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 Continuing Fight to #FreeRenty
“For years, Papa Renty’s slave owners profited from his suffering,” Lanier said in a statement at the time. “It’s time for Harvard to stop doing the same thing to our family.”
Free Renty! Reparations, Photography, and the Imperial Premise of Scholarship
Many scholars write about imperial crimes as their object of study — that is, as something sealed in the past that can be separated from the reparations due.
Descendant of Enslaved People Sues Harvard for Rights to Daguerreotypes of Her Ancestors
“For years, Papa Renty’s slave owners profited from his suffering,” Tamara Lanier said in a statement. “It’s time for Harvard to stop doing the same thing to our family.”