Lawsuit: Harvard ‘Shamelessly’ Profits from Photos of Slaves

The suit says Harvard has capitalized on the photos by demanding a "hefty" licensing fee to reproduce the images.

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BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University has “shamelessly” turned a profit from photos of two 19th-century slaves while ignoring requests to turn the photos over to the slaves’ descendants, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League school for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of images she says depict two of her ancestors. Her suit, filed in Massachusetts state court, demands that Harvard immediately turn over the photos,…

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