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Tamara Lanier says she is a direct descendent of the man in the iconic photos.

Tamara Lanier says she is a direct descendent of the man in the iconic photos.

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The Descendants Of Slaves Want Harvard To Stop Using Iconic Photos Of Their Relatives

"One of the most basic foundations of slavery was to destroy the black concept of family," said Ben Crump, one of Lanier's attorneys. "This is not just a lawsuit for Renty and his descendants. In many ways, it's a lawsuit for all the descendants of slaves in America."