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Woman with Vickie Merritt wearing costume in front of sign reading "Achievements of the Negro," on stage at Central YWCA, Washington, Pennsylvania

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

February 1945

Medium black and white: Agfa Safety Film Measurements H: 4 x W: 5 in. (10.2 x 12.7 cm) Credit Heinz Family Fund Accession Number 2001.35.4610 Location Not on View


Cutline of image published in Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, February 24, 1945, pg. 26, reads: "March of Progress - Last Friday night the Western Star Temple Chorus presented a pageant, 'Turning the Pages of Negro History,' at the Central YWCA in Washington, Pa.... Right: Pretty Miss Vickie Merritt, who stands as a symbol of the Western Star Chorus. - Harris Photos."

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.