Harold R. Boulware, Sr. (1913-1983) | Road Trip

The son of educators Robert and Mabel Hughes Boulware, Harold Boulware attended Johnson C. Smith and Howard University Law School. After graduation he returned to South Carolina and established a legal practice in 1940. A year later, he became chief counsel for the South Carolina NAACP.

It was through Boulware's guidance that many civil rights victories were won for African-Americans in South Carolina. These included obtaining equal pay for African-American teachers and the Briggs v. Elliott desegregation case in Clarendon County.

From 1969-1974, he served as Associate Judge of Columbia's Municipal Court. He was the first African-American appointed to that position. In 1974, he became a judge for Richland County. His court later became the Family Court of the Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina.

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