- © Carnegie Museum of Art, Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive
- A 1968 photograph of protesters marching outside Pittsburgh Board of Education building, Bellefield Avenue, Oakland by Charles “Teenie” Harris
Part of Pittsburgh City Paper's month-long celebration of Black History Month
- CP illustration: Xiola Jensen
Harris died in 1998 at the age of 89, but his memories live on through his life's work. In 2001, the Carnegie Museum of Art purchased his collection of photographs from his estate — nearly 80,000 negatives. What this means for all of us is that we can spend hours getting lost in his online archives, which we highly recommend. There are protest images, photographs of celebrities, men and women hanging out at the famous Crawford Grill, children playing on porches. Moments in time that will help Pittsburgh's past not be forgotten.
- Photograph from Njaimeh Njie's 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year exhibition
Like Harris' collection, Njie captures protest images and has a strong social justice theme to her work. Her series "On the Daily: Blackness in a Changing City" is heartfelt and emotional, inviting us into the daily lives of neighbors. The loving look of a mother holding her child's hand; an abandoned store next to a yoga studio in one of Pittsburgh's once-thriving Black neighborhoods.
After looking through the CMOA archives, give yourself some time to explore Njie's website as well. Two different generations of Black photographers preserving Black memories. Something definitely worth celebrating.