Charles “Teenie” Harris would be proud of what Pittsburgh as a whole and the Carnegie Museum of Art in particular are doing to preserve his work.
“Teenie” loved Pittsburgh, and had a very special love for its people. He loved taking pictures, thus he captured Pittsburghers, especially Black Pittsburghers, in all walks of life, during good times and bad. If one wants to look at the history of Blacks in Pittsburgh all they have to do is look through the many photos of “Teenie” Harris.
Even though he was known as “one-shot Teenie”, there were many tines he took multiple shots of an event, to completely capture it.
It was a pleasure on my part to have worked with “Teenie” in sports, news and social events during my first few years with the Courier as a young reporter. Not being able to afford a car at the time, I would ride out to many of my assignments with “Teenie.” Boy was he a talker. I received several history lessons to and from events. It didn’t matter the topic, politics, news, money, gambling or the numbers, entertainment, sports or women. Rich people, poor people or in between.