Robert Smalls Memorial in Beaufort, South Carolina
After the Civil War, Robert Smalls returned to Beaufort and purchased the house at 511 Prince Street from his previous Master, Henry McKee. His Mother, Lydia lived her remaining days with him there as well. Robert was a successful business man, and was elected to The South Carolina State Legislature, and United States House of Representatives. It is because of him, that Blacks were admitted to fight on the side of the Union forces. He was also instrumental in the formation of the first free and compulsory public school system in the country.
After the compromise of 1877 when Federal forces were withdrawn from the area, he was convicted of accepting a $5,000 bribe by Southern Whites in one of the many efforts to reduce power and respect of Blacks in the South, but was pardoned in a deal which also permitted charges of voter fraud by Democrats to be dropped.
What a remarkable man. I encourage you to take the time to visit this historic church and graveyard.
**Carol Kilgore, I've been unable to visit and leave comments on your blog because of google+. You may not be aware of your settings, but it seems things have changed and now ONLY people who join google+ can blog with you. I know there's a fix, as others have done it. An hopeful you'll see this post and leave a comment. Happy to put you back on my blog log, since we enjoyed visiting back and forth during the a-z challenge. AND perhaps someone who is google+ will see this and let you know how to fix it**
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