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Robert Smalls, the black slave who sailed his way to freedom!

 

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Do you the different ways black slaves escaped to freedom?

Do you know about Henry Box Brown, the black man who

mailed himself to freedom? Well, in order to survive, the

black slaves had to be clever, unique, innovative and creative.

They had to have a strong will and they sure did motivate

others to freedom. This reminds me of one particular

black slave named Robert Smalls.

Robert Smalls and a crew of fellow slaves were together

without the white captain and his two mates. Now, it\

was the right time to try something clever and daring.

They slipped a cotton steamer off the dock, picked up

some family members, then slowly navigated their

way through the harbor. Smalls, doubled as the captain

even donning the captain’s wide brimmed straw hat to

help cover up his face. He then responded with proper

coded signals at two Confederate checkpoints, which includes

Fort Sumter itself and other defense positions.

It was all clear. Smalls sailed into the open seas. Once

he was outside of Confederate waters, he had

raised a white flag and surrendered his  ship to the

blockading Union fleet. In under 4 hours, Robert Smalls,

a black male slave had commandeered a heavy army

Confederate ship and its 17 black passengers from

slavery to freedom.

Can we give a round of applause to Robert Smalls for

his take charge leadership skills? He is a true

hero.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/which-slave-sailed-himself-to-freedom/

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