Every Photograph Tells a Story

Edgar A. Brown was a long time member of the South Carolina senate and a life trustee of Clemson.  Among the Edgar Brown Papers, is a photograph of an African American soldier.  A note card with the photo identifies him as Alonzo B. Harley.   Brown wrote that Harley was his employee and chauffeur.  He also notes that he was the first soldier from Barnwell County drafted in World War II and was killed while serving as a personal aide and chauffeur to an officer in Africa.

Further research through the CU Libraries’ subscription to ancestry.com  reveals that Harley was drafted in November 1941 and was serving as a TEC5 in the Ordnance Department when he was killed in May 1943 in Tunisia.  He is buried in the Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, SC.


Alonzo Harley from Edgar Brown Papers mss 91