Both photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris and playwright August Wilson were Hill District natives and lived through the challenges of Jim Crow segregation as well as the advent of Civil Rights and Black Nationalism. Both also turned their experiences into creative genius. Harris had a keen eye and could quickly and accurately capture a moment of Black joy, frustration, success, and hopefulness. Wilson had keen ears, and listened to conversations in his neighborhood, parlaying these stories into captivating stage scenarios.
You can view these two legendary artists in creative dialogue in the exhibition The Writer’s Landscape on view at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center as well as August Wilson’s childhood home, which displays Harris’s iconic images inside. Visit Charles “Teenie” Harris at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center and August Wilson House now!