Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Robert Smalls

Marker ID: SCHM 7-14
Location: 907 Craven St., Beaufort
County: Beaufort
Coordinates: N 32° 25.963    W 080° 40.342
  32.432717    -80.672367
Style: Free Standing **


Born a slave in Beaufort in 1839, Robert Smalls lived to serve as a Congressman of the United States. In 1862 he commandeered and delivered to Union forces the Confederate gunboat Planter, on which he was a crewman. His career as a freedman included service as a delegate to the 1868 and 1895 State Constitutional Conventions, election to the SC House and Senate, and nine years in Congress. He died in 1915 and is buried here.

Erected by Beaufort County Counci - 1980


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