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Crowd, including Greta Richardson fourth from right, holding signs inscribed "Andy Jackson need not have died" and "Detour, Speedway closed for lack of lights and police protection," on Webster Avenue near Morgan Street, Hill District

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

August 1951

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 2001.35.7074 Location Not on View


Cutline of image published in Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, August 18, 1951, pg. 1, reads: "PROTEST WEBSTER AVENUE KILLINGS - Two deaths in less than four weeks proved too much for the Webster Avenue residents. They demanded Tuesday that the city take steps to put up stop signs and lights. Left: Youngsters display signs in orderly fashion while crowd forms barrier to keep truck and cars from passing..."

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.