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Protesters with signs inscribed "Segregation Never, NAACP" and "Bigots Must Go, Baptist Ministerial Conference," for demonstration against George C. Wallace, in front of Penn-Sheraton Hotel, Grant Street, Downtown

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

April 27, 1967

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 2001.35.7115 Location Not on View

Narrative

Cutline of image published in New Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, May 6, 1967, pg. 1, reads: "1500 Protest Wallace Visit, Largest in City - Mass Demonstration - Some 1500 Civil Rights demonstrators ringed the Penn-Sheraton Hotel during the appearance of Ex-Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace at the Amen Corner Dinner. The demonstrators converged upon the hotel after a march from 'Freedom Corner' Crawford and Centre. The hotel was completely surrounded, and silent onlookers swelled the crowd to 4500 to 5000 persons in the area. The demonstration was orderly and peaceful, but police were standing nearby in the event of any incidents. Officers at all entrances carried 3-foot long riot sticks, but riot helmets were not worn. The demonstrators came from nearly all phases of Pittsburgh life, ministers, politicians, beatniks, children, whites, the young and old marched, danced, sang, and prayed around the hotel. The demonstration lasted about three hours, and both Civil Rights leaders and Police Officers call it the largest demonstration in the history of Pittsburgh. 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.