This photographic exhibition of noted photojournalist Charles “Teenie” Harris poetically captures African American life from Jim Crow through the civil rights eras in Pittsburgh, PA. Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story features selections of Harris’s most striking and historically significant images. The photographs—made in his studio and for the Pittsburgh Courier—chronicle the Pittsburgh community throughout the Jim Crow and civil rights eras. Harris captured the poetry of everyday life of African Americans during the period and extraordinary people who shaped the 20th century, such as baseball star Jackie Robinson and leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy. On loan from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, the exhibit is making its premiere in the South at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library and is sponsored by PNC Bank.
Complementing the exhibit is the Trezzvant Anderson: Roving Reporter and Jim Crow South archival display. Anderson and Harris were colleagues at the Pittsburgh Courier, with Anderson traveling throughout the southern states to report on civil rights activities in cities including Atlanta. In conjunction with the exhibits, the Library is hosting a series of programs that are free and open to the public. Visit www.auctr.edu for more information, hours, and directions.