(Photo: John Shishmanian, AP)
(Photo: John Shishmanian, AP)

Tamara Lanier looked at the photo for the first time, finally putting a face to the man she knew as “Papa Renty.”

For years, she heard the stories that her late mother proudly told about their slave ancestor. Lanier promised she would one day write them down and create a family tree.

And here he was – gray-haired and bare-chested, staring defiantly straight ahead in a photo known as a daguerreotype.

“It was almost like we made eye contact,” Lanier said. “It was an immediate feeling of kinship.”

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