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CITY OF PITTSBURGH'S BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE TO TEENIE HARRIS CONTINUES THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY

Throughout February, the City of Pittsburgh celebrates Black History Month by showcasing the life and works of photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, a Pittsburgh native whose four-decade career with The Pittsburgh Courier – one of the nation’s most influential Black newspapers – created an unparalleled chronicle of Black American life, culture and history during the mid-twentieth century.

An online photo gallery and monthlong display in the City-County Building’s grand lobby – entitled “TEENIE HARRIS: THE MAN BEHIND THE LENS” – feature 50+ photographs, example of Harris’ prototype camera, books and other memorabilia to showcase Harris’ life and work for the Pittsburgh region. The camera and photography pieces displayed are on loan from Bernie's Photo Center and Photo Antiquities.

“Working in partnership with the Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum of Art, the City’s Black History Month celebration focuses on the life of this extraordinary man,” according to Brian Katze, Manager of the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events.  “'The Man Behind the Lens' exhibition celebrates the personal life of a remarkable Pittsburgher who lived in Homewood, raised a family, contributed to his community and left a legacy.  Serving as the perfect complement to the City’s celebration is Carnegie Museum of Art’s dedicated gallery for the works of Teenie Harris, which focuses primarily on his professional achievement.”

For more information concerning the City of Pittsburgh Black History Month celebration, visit www.pittsburghpa.gov/events or call the Office of Special Events at 412-255-2493.

The City of Pittsburgh’s celebration of Black History Month is presented by the Office of Special Events in partnership with Carnegie Museum of Art and is sponsored by AARP Pennsylvania, KDKA Radio, 100.7 Star, Y108 and 93.7 The Fan.

 

Published

02.16.2022

Contacts

Mary Beth Mueller
Publicist
Special Events
412.351.7702
marybeth.mueller@pittsburghpa.gov