Friday, July 15, 2011

Life & Times of Robert Small, freed slave and U.S. Congressman

Currently on display in the Cary McPheeters Gallery @ Auburn Avenue: The Life and Times of Robert Small. Small lived from 1839-1915. Born into slavery in South Carolina, Small went on to free himself and his family by comandeering a Confederate ship to Charleston harbor. He later served in the South Carolina state legislature and represented South Carolina as a U.S. Congressman.

Photographs, drawings, ship models and other documents and artifacts representing Small's personal and political life are currently on view in the gallery on the library's first floor. The opening event is next Sunday, July 24, and Donald Sweeper will be performing a reenactment as Robert Small. The exhibit will continue to show through September 18, 2011. You can read more about the exhibit here.

Posted by Jessica Epstein, AARL Archives Intern

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