Tamara Lanier and her lawyer, Joshua D. Koskoff, discuss her case against Harvard University which is a milestone in the discourse on photography, slavery, and reparations. In 2019, Lanier filed a lawsuit against Harvard University for the wrongful possession and expropriation of images of her ancestors who were enslaved in South Carolina in the 1850s. Lanier’s complaint not only calls for Harvard University to reckon with its historical amnesia and to return the photographs to her family, it also holds them accountable for their complicity in the institution of slavery and asks them to acknowledge the role they played in perpetuating the systematic subjection of Black Americans after emancipation.

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