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Protesters, including Rev. Bill Powell, James McCoy, Mal Goode, Byrd Brown, possibly Jim Scott, and Rev. LeRoy Patrick with signs reading: "Job opportunities for us too," "We just want our God-given rights," and "The soundness of our cause should prick your conscience," outside Civic Arena, Lower Hill District

Charles "Teenie" Harris (American, 1908–1998)

October 1961

Medium black and white: Kodak Safety Film Measurements H: 4 x W: 5 in. (10.2 x 12.7 cm) Credit Heinz Family Fund Accession Number 2001.35.6295 Location Not on View


Cutline of related image published in Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, October 28, 1961, pg. 1, reads: "PICKET CIVIC ARENA - Supporters of the Pittsburgh NAACP and the Negro-American Labor Council gathered outside the Civic Arena to protest hiring policies at the new amphitheatre, Saturday. The group, which included many local citizens active in the 'fight for rights,' picketed and sang several choruses of 'Nearer, My God, to Thee.' - Harris Photo."

Artist Bio

Teenie Harris photographed for the Pittsburgh Courier for almost 40 years, documenting life in the African-American community. His approximately 70,000 negatives, recently acquired by the museum, form one of the richest-known archives of Black life in an American city from the 1930s to the 1970s.