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Alberta Jordan Reaves and Willa Mae James protesting in front of Isaly's, with Joel Wanzer in background, Homewood

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

August 1953

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 2001.35.3170 Location Not on View


Cutline of related image published in Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, August 15, 1953, pg. 5, reads: "PICKETS PROTEST DISCRIMINATION - Picket lines, set up by the Greater Pittsburgh Improvement League before three Islay's [sic] Dairy Stores in Homewood and East Liberty, brought a quick disclosure that the company and the city FEPC had reached an agreement to end the company's policy of hiring only whites for counter jobs. Upon confirmation that the company promised the FEPC to end its discriminatory policy, the picket lines were withdrawn. Three of the pickets at the Homestead store were left to right: Alberta Jordan, Willa Mae James and Joel Wanzer. - 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.