Harold R. Boulware, Sr.

Black and white photograph of Harold Boulware.

Judge Harold R. Boulware, Sr. 1974-05-02. Image from The State Newspaper Photograph Archive courtesy of Richland Library.

(1913-1983) Born in Irmo, Harold R. Boulware, Sr. was the son of Robert Walter and Mabel Hughes Boulware. Harold graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and Howard University Law School.  After graduating, he returned to Irmo he became the chief counsel for the South Carolina NAACP and led the effort to gain equal pay for equal work for African -American teachers. He gained fame as the chief attorney in the Clarendon County Schools desegregation case of Briggs v. Elliot. He was the first African-American appointed as an Associate Judge for the Columbia Municipal Court, serving until he became a judge in the Family Court of the Fifth Judicial Circuit within the statewide Judicial System.