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Reverend Harry Tartt

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Teacher
Chaplain
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Monterey, California
Favorite Quote:
Keep A Green Branch In Your Heart And, For Sure, A Robin Will Come.

Birthplace

Born:
10/16/1908
Birth Location:
Biloxi, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Teacher
Chaplain
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Monterey, California
Favorite Quote:
Keep A Green Branch In Your Heart And, For Sure, A Robin Will Come.

Birthplace

Born:
10/16/1908
Birth Location:
Biloxi
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Biography

A writer, actor, U. S. Army major and ordained minister, the Reverend Harry Charles Tartt was born on October 16, 1908, in Biloxi, Mississippi. The oldest of seven children, Tartt excelled in school where his classmates were Johnny Robinson, poet Margaret Walker and activist chemist Katie Booth. After graduation from Mobile County Training School in 1928, Tartt enrolled in New Orleans University (now Dillard University), graduating summa cum laude in 1933.

Tartt taught at 33rd Avenue High School in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1934 and left Gulfport to pursue a master's degree in English literature at the University of Chicago. Instead, Tartt became a staff writer for Bronzeville’s Chicago Bee newspaper. Drafted into World War II in 1942, Tartt entered the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army with a commission as a second lieutenant. He served as a replacement chaplain in northern Africa and in southern France, and then was stationed in Germany and Italy after the war. During his military career, Tartt earned five battle stars and the Army Commendation Medal, the nation’s highest peacetime award, attaining the rank of major.

Tartt also appeared as an actor in three German movies: The Life of Lola Montez, Alexander the Great and Maid Without Honor. His European stage credits include La Boheme, Pagliacci and Fanny. In Korea, Tartt served as editor-in-chief of seventeen different Army publications. While in the U.S. Army, Tartt attended San Jose State University and eventually earned his M.A. degree in English literature from Xavier University in New Orleans. His experience as a U.S. Army chaplain inspired Tartt to pursue the pastor’s course of study at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. The United Methodist Church subsequently ordained him. Tartt’s inspirational essays have appeared in many publications.

After his military service, Tartt returned to Gulfport to teach in the school system. He has received numerous awards for service, including the Living Legacy Certificate of Recognition by the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, the Charlie Green Award, the Harriet Tubman Award, the Ageless Heroes Award and the Citizen of the Year Award. Tartt remained active in the Gulfport area until his death on May 12, 2008. He was 99 years old.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes the land his family lived on
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his teachers and community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his childhood experience of church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his experience at Gulfport Colored High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his childhood experiences with racism, pt, 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his childhood experiences with racism, pt, 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his experience at New Orleans University in Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Harry Tartt talks about migrating to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Harry Tartt talks about getting drafted into the United States Army in 1942
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Harry Tartt talks about his experience working for The Chicago Bee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his experience with the 28th Quartermaster regiment of the United States Army during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Harry Tartt talks about his career as an actor in Germany after World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his experience in the United States Army after World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Harry Tartt talks about his marriage and life as an actor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Harry Tartt talks about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his career as a United Methodist, A.M.E., C.M.E., and Baptist minister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Harry Tartt talks about his current career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Harry Tartt describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Harry Tartt reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Harry Tartt talks about how he would like to be remembered