Robert Smalls

HBF protecting Robert Smalls legacy at his historic house

Robert Smalls is a major figure in local, regional and national history. His story needs wider understanding and appreciation. There are multiple ways to achieve this, but opening his former house to daily walking tours isn’t the answer – it’s a problem. Because our efforts with the...
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Charleston leaders to honor Civil War hero Robert Smalls

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — City of Charleston leaders will pay tribute to Civil War hero Robert Smalls. Smalls was an enslaved harbor pilot who commandeered a Confederate ship in 1862. He freed himself, his crew and family members during the act. Politics: Voters agree these 2 things must happen...
Hartsville News Journal

Robert Smalls: Politician, publisher, pioneer

On April 5, 1839, Robert Smalls, Civil War hero, businessman, and political figure, was born in Beaufort. He was born and raised in slavery as his mother, Lydia Polite, was an enslaved woman working in the home of Henry McKee. At the age of 12, Smalls was sent to Charleston to be hired out as a laborer. He remained in Charleston, working various jobs throughout the city and on the waterfront.

Home of Robert Smalls added to National Historic Network

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCBD) – The home of a former Lowcountry slave who went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives will be added to the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network. Smalls was born a slave in Beaufort, but was sent to Charleston to work on the CSS...

The story of Robert Smalls: Deserving of a Hollywood movie

Robert Smalls…Sea Captain, slave, politician and hero. Many people have wondered why there hasn’t been a movie made based on the life of Beaufort’s Roberts Smalls. We’re among them. His life is an amazing story. A story that needs telling. Yet, surprisingly enough, it’s a story that isn’t yet widely known, and that’s quite mind-boggling.

A day in the life of Robert Smalls

Usually, you don’t hear about 159th anniversaries. Wedding anniversaries are only named through the 80th. And 159 is not a remarkable year. Also, aside from a few birthdays, May 13 isn’t a widely remembered date throughout American history. But May 13 should be a big day in Beaufort. It was...

Happy birthday, Robert Smalls

The Beaufort Republican Women held a “unity celebration” on Monday, April 5 on the grounds of Tabernacle Baptist Church honoring slave-turned-U.S. Congressman Robert Smalls on the day of his birthday. Smalls is buried on church grounds with other members of his family. Smalls, born a slave April 5, 1839 in...
The Post and Courier

Family of Black Civil War hero Robert Smalls boards Army ship named for their ancestor

GOOSE CREEK — Karla and Robert Moore watched in awe as the Army ship bearing the name of their distant relative Robert Smalls made port. Smalls, an enslaved man from Beaufort who became a Civil War hero and congressman, is one of South Carolina's most prominent Black figures. At age 23, he made his daring escape from bondage by commandeering a Confederate military transport in Charleston Harbor and sailing the vessel to freedom.