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The descendants of slaves and the descendants of a man who tried to academically justify slavery are joining forces.

In the 19th century, Harvard University professor Louis Agassiz commissioned photos of a slave named Renty and his daughter in an effort to illustrate the inferiority of blacks. Harvard still has those images.

On a warm evening in June, a crowd gathered in a gallery at the Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists in Roxbury. A ring of folding chairs quickly filled up, forcing people to stand and spill into the doorways.

It’s still hard for Keyanna Tucker to talk about what happened to her when she was six.

“I was molested,” Tucker said. “I didn’t know how to cope with it … I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew it wasn’t right. So I started becoming a bully.”

Tucker, who is now 22, recalled other problems. Her father was incarcerated, which was another layer of stress. And as time went on, her behavior slowly got worse.

The sanctuary of West Springfield United Methodist Church in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
West Springfield United Methodist Church

New England leaders of the United Methodist Church are pushing back against the denomination's bans on same-sex marriage and gay clergy.

A mural at Mohawk Trail School.
Contributed Photo / The Greenfield Recorder / recorder.com

The Mohawk Trail regional school committee in western Massachusetts is the latest to take on the controversial issue of Native American imagery at its meeting on May 9.

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