Harvard University should be sued over 'horrific' slave photos, court rules

Part of the Harvard University campus. Maddie Meyer, Gett Images Massachusetts' highest court on Thursday ruled that Harvard University can be sued...

June 28, 2022
7:14 PM

Part of the Harvard University campus. Maddie Meyer, Gett Images Massachusetts' highest court on Thursday ruled that Harvard University can be sued for mistreating a descendent of slaves who were forced to be photographed for an 1850 study by a professor trying to prove the inferiority of Black people.The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Harvard's "horrific, historic role" in creating the images meant it had a duty to respond carefully to Tamara Lanier's requests for information about them, which she said the university failed to do.