Harleston Funeral Home papers, ca. 1900-1976.
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Edwin Augustus Harleston (1882-1931), African American artist and activist, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He married Elise Forrest (1891-), a photographer, in 1920. Edwina Harleston Whitlock (1916-2002), their niece, who was also known as "Gussie," was raised by the couple after her parents had died. Edwin Harleston was active in the Charleston Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), founded in 1917. Both Edwin and Elise also worked for the fa...
The original Harleston Funeral Home was established in Charleston, S.C. in 1901 by Edwin G. "Captain" Harleston (1854-1931) and his brother, Robert Harleston (1846-1915), under the name Harleston Brothers Funeral Home. It was one of the first funeral homes for African Americans in Charleston. The same year that it was founded, it merged with Mickey Funeral Home following the death of its proprietor, Edward H. Mickey (1850-1899). Mickey had married E.G. Harleston's sister, Hannah Har...