Partner Karl Priebe

Frank Roy Harriot (1921 - September 22, 1955) was an associate editor of Ebony and one-time freelance writer for Mademoiselle magazine. He received a Rosenwald fellowship to write a novel loosely based on the life of Billie Holiday.

A graduate of City College of New York and 1945 Rosenwald Fellow, Harriot once worked as a feature writer on the defunct newspaper PM in New York.

Harriot had a long relationship with Karl Priebe. Priebe may have met Harriot in 1945 through Holiday or casually at the same clubs and parties. The two begin a devoted relationship and frequently live together over the next decade. Since 1948 Priebe lived with Harriot in an Evansville, Wisconsin, farmhouse. Starting from 1951 Harriot was plagued with health problems. As Harriot's health deteriorated over the next few years, Priebe remained devoted to him and provided care and support as they lived together in Milwaukee.

He died after a five year long battle with Addison's disease, at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis.

Karl Priebe (American, 1914-1976) "Frank Roy Harriott," 1950, mixed media on paper, 13.25" x 11.5", signed and dated lower right, titled on verso, exhibition label on verso, framed

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