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Henry Ossawa Tanner
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     challenging words:    teaching, exhibition, ludicrous, dignity, negative, well-known, exterior, recovery, well-educated, wealthy, successful, achievement, sympathy, miller, brushstrokes, appreciation
     content words:    Henry Ossawa, Harlem Renaissance, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Fairmont Park, Pennsylvania Academy, Fine Arts, United States, Banjo Lesson, Paris Salon, Jessie Olssen
Henry Ossawa Tanner

By Colleen Messina
1     Sometimes, it is not easy to do what you want to do. Henry Ossawa Tanner's father wanted him to be a miller, but Henry didn't like flour. He wanted to blossom in other ways, so Henry became a great African-American artist of the Harlem Renaissance.
 
2     Henry was born on June 21, 1859, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Philadelphia when he was young. His father became a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His family was wealthy and well-educated. Henry especially loved art. He decided to become an artist when he was 13. He saw a painter in Fairmont Park. Soon he spent his spare time doing sketches. He also visited art galleries in the city.
 
3     Henry's parents did not want him to become an artist. They did not think that it was a good career choice. His father even arranged for him to become a miller's apprentice. The dusty, hard work made Henry sick, and he had to quit. Then, he spent a lot of time painting during his recovery at home.

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