11.12.2016 - 01.22.2017

The Life and Times of Robert Smalls

From escaped enslaved person to Civil War hero to member of the S.C. House of Representatives, Robert Smalls’ storied trajectory from enslavement to freedom is the subject of the multifaceted exhibit The Life and Times of Robert Smalls.

This exhibit provides a window look at the Carolinas through the lens of a man who rose above the trials and tribulations of freedom as he negotiated the social and political terrain of South Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Through compelling images, artifacts, and memorabilia, the exhibit paints a compelling portrait of Robert Smalls’ extraordinary life against the backdrop of an emergent New South.



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