To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes

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The Peabody Museum Press and Aperture announce the publication of To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes, a profound consideration of some of the most challenging images in the history of photography: fifteen daguerreotypes of Alfred, Delia, Drana, Fassena, Jack, Jem, and Renty—men and women of African descent who were enslaved in South Carolina. Photographed by Joseph T. Zealy for Harvard professor Louis Agassiz in 1850, they were rediscovered at Harvard’s Peabody Museum in 1976. In recent years, Harvard University has undertaken efforts to better understand the historical and enduring connections to slavery on its campus and in its community. This groundbreaking multidisciplinary volume is part of that effort.

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