Pine Bluff, Arkansas: nd [1960s-1970s?]. Black and white photograph, 20.5 x 14 cm., of W.H. Zachary, an African American music teacher, in his studio in front of a piano. Zachary was born in 1880 and died in 1980. His name in ink on the verso, and further identified from a calendar with his name and photo on the wall behind him. Item #68349
Prof. W.H. Zachary was a native of Pine Bluff, and lived in "a part of the well-educated black community which centered around Branch Normal College." His musical career included skills as a pianist, organist, and a teacher of classical and church music. According to an interview conducted by Robert Moody when Zachary was 99 years old, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music twice, once in 1916 and again, at age 63, in 1943. He also studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and in 1967 he traveled to Europe to visit Mozart's birth place and to play in London and Rome. "He was 91 when the American State and National Association of Music Teachers honored him at its convention in Hawaii in 1971. In between his studies, Zachary taught music to hundreds of black children in Pine Bluff." [see: the article by Robert Moody, "The Lord Selected Me," in the magazine "Southern Exposure," Vol. 7, No. 4, Winter 1979].