The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls
THIS EXHIBIT CLOSED MARCH 15, 2013!
Robert Smalls was born an enslaved person on April 5, 1839, in a small cottage in Beaufort, SC. By the time he died in 1915, Smalls had served five terms in the United States Congress. Visitors to this exhibit will learn about his heroic exploits during the Civil War and be inspired by his legacy of bravery, leadership and public service to all Americans.
The exhibit includes artifacts such as furniture from the Robert Smalls house in Beaufort, pictures and other memorabilia of Congressman Smalls, his family and his life. Also included is a digital photo frame with pictures from the 2004 christening and the 2007 commissioning of the LSV-8 MG Robert Smalls, the largest army transport ship of its kind. The Collection has been granted a license to concurrently show Part IV of "Slavery and The Making of America" which depicts the story of Robert Smalls' life from slavery to Congress.