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The Illustrated Tale of Robert Smalls' Journey from Slavery to Congress as told through the voice of Smalls' great-granddaughter, Dolly Nash
Formerly on view at
Top of the World Observation Level
World Trade Center, Baltimore Inner Harbor
Through Jan. 15, 2008
Martin Luther King Memorial Library
February 1 - 28, 2008
The exhibition made its debut onboard the MG Robert Smalls, September 15, 2007 during official commissioning ceremony.
© Kitt Haley Alexander
Privies were used as trash dumps in Grampa's day. They're goldmines for archaelogists. We found dishes, glasses, and cups. --Dolly Nash.
In 1863 Smalls piloted the ironclad Keokuk in a failed Union attack on Fort Sumter. Keokuk sank the next morning, moments after the crew was rescued by a tug. Later that year Smalls became the first black captain of a U.S. vessel after an act of bravery under fire.
Smalls helped draft the constitution of the state in which he had been a slave. He became a S.C. state legislator and militia general. He later served five terms as a U.S. Congressman. For nearly 20 years he served as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort, S.C. where he lived as owner in the house in which he had been a slave. In 1975 the Department of the Interior designated Robert Smalls' house a National Historic Landmark, which commemorates American history.
Photographer Alexander is the founder and CEO of the Robert Smalls' Legacy Foundation (www.robertsmalls.org) and conducted a 7-year campaign to have a naval vessel named for Smalls. On April 21, 2004, the Army launched its newest Logistics Support Vessel (LSV-8), the Major General Robert Smalls, in Moss Point, MS. The $25 million MG Robert Smalls is the first Army vessel to bear the name of an African American and the first named for a Civil War hero. On February 25, 2005, the Army's Fort Eustis named its newest lodging facility the General Smalls Inn. Further initiatives to honor Robert Smalls are underway.
ROBERT SMALLS: Slave, Soldier, Statesman has been organized to exhibit at museums, libraries and universities throughout the United States. It is also available to venues abroad that study U.S. history. The exhibit contains 40 framed photographs (16 x 20) by writer, artist, educator and inspirational public speaker, Kitt Haley Alexander. Also included are engravings of various sizes, newspapers, and historical reproductions. Approximately 75 three-dimensional Civil War-era artifacts are available for loan.
According to Eric Weider, publisher of Weider History Group, "In history we find powerful examples of man at his best and at his worst. In Robert Smalls we find a person that reflects man at his very best. He lived a life of courage and service that is an inspiration to all people of all ages. In remembering him we better ourselves." With 11 titles, Weider History Group (www.historynet.com) is the world’s largest publisher of history magazines, including American History, America’s Civil War, Armchair General, Aviation History, British Heritage, Civil War Times, Military History Quarterly, Military History, Vietnam, Wild West, and World War II.
© Kitt Haley Alexander
Grampa was the most significant black hero in the Civil War. He became the first black captain of a U.S. vessel after an act of bravery under fire. --Dolly Nash.
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© Alex Rehberg. Army Reserve soldiers prepare for the commissioning of the MG Robert Smalls in the Baltimore Harbor
© Alex Rehberg. (left to right) Chief Warrant Officer, Vessel Master Steven Brown, Kitt Haley Alexander, Founder of the Robert Smalls Foundation, Freddie Meyer, descendant of Robert Smalls, Vickie A. Rehberg, President, ArtVision Exhibitions, LLC.
Slave, Soldier, Statesman
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ROBERT SMALLS: Slave, Soldier, Statesman provides an intimate portrait of the first black captain of a U.S. vessel and Civil War hero as told through the voice of Smalls' great-granddaughter, Dolly Nash. It was developed to educate and bring awareness to Smalls' story.
In 1862 Smalls was a slave pilot working aboard Planter, a Confederate transport steamer, in South Carolina's Charleston harbor. In the early morning hours of May 13 he commandeered the ship with his family and 12 other slaves aboard. He then sailed past the rebel forts in the harbor and reached the Union blockade. Union newspapers hailed Smalls as a hero and called the ship "the first trophy from Fort Sumter."
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