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