Henry Ossawa Tanner Homesite

Henry Ossawa Tanner Homesite

Henry Ossawa Tanner was an American artist and the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim.

Henry Ossawa Tanner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the first of seven children. His middle name commemorated the struggle at Osawatomie between pro- and anti-slavery partisans.

His father Benjamin Tucker Tanner (1835-1923) was a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first independent black denomination in the United States. His mother Sarah Tanner was born into slavery in Virginia but had escaped to the North via the Underground Railroad.

Being educated at Avery College and Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, he developed a literary career. In addition, he was a political activist.

This rowhouse was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

This is a private residence and not open to the public.