Robert Smalls was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1839. He escaped from enslavement during the U.S. Civil War, in a particularly dramatic fashion.
Illustrated portrait of Robert Smalls, circa 1850s. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).
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