“Be Free or Die”: The Saga of Robert Smalls
“Be Free or Die”: The Saga of Robert Smalls – 1 night (2 hours). Of the thousands of escaped slaves who entered Union lines, only one brought a Confederate ship with him. On May 12, 1862, in a feat both daring and brilliant, Robert Smalls, with 15 others, piloted the CSS Planter out of Charleston Harbor and into the custody of the U.S. Navy. Afterward, he served in both the U.S. Navy and Army and earned an officer’s commission. Postwar, Smalls became the first African-American member of the U.S. Congress.
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
Monday, August 12
Time:6:30 to 8:30 pm