Robert Smalls


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...
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Council approves rezoning for potential Robert Smalls Phase II development

Current plans for Robert Smalls Phase II development call for 170 'workforce housing' units. A potential second phase for the Robert Smalls development in Spartanburg's Northside neighborhood took its first step forward on Monday as City Council voted unanimously to approve a rezoning of 459 Wofford Street, the property where the development would be located. The rezoning was needed in order for the project to move forward as the property was split-zoned between Zone R-6, General Residential District and Zone B-4, Heavy Commercial District, creating contradictory zoning requirements. Under the new change, the entire property will be zoned B-4.

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...
Charleston, SCThe 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.
Beaufort, SCWJCL

Black History Month Profile: Robert Smalls

Robert Smalls was born a slave in Beaufort but went on to become a U.S. Congressman. Robert Smalls was born a slave in Beaufort but went on to become a U.S. Congressman. Hearst Television participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites.
Spartanburg, SCSpartanburg Herald-Journal

From enslavement to war hero: New Spartanburg housing community named after Robert Smalls

To live free or to die were the only options for Robert Smalls and the crew of the Planter in the early hours of May 13, 1862. The man born into slavery on a Beaufort plantation was working on the Planter, a Confederate ship in Charleston Harbor. On May 13, when the white commanders of the ship were not on board, Smalls successfully drove the Confederate ship toward the Union blockade outside of Charleston Harbor.

Robert Smalls: Sea Captain, Politician, Hero and Slave

My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be the equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life. ~ November 1, 1895, Robert Smalls. There’s much to tell about the life...