July Flashback: Robert Small (White/Black) [American]

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Known as: Politician, Sea Captain & Ship Pilot (US Congressman from South Carolina from 1875-79 & 1882-1887; First captain of African-American descent of a naval vessel in the service of the United States; Influenced Abraham Lincoln to accept African-American soliders into the Union Army; Authored legislation in South Carolina first free and compulsory public school system in the United States; Founded the Republican Party of South Carolina; The US naval vessal “USS Robert Smalls” was named in his honor)

Special Historical Note: Freed himself, his crew and their families from slavery by commandeering the CSS Planter, a Confederate transport ship, and sailing it to freedom.

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Light-skinned-ed Girl: Mixed Experience History Month 2013: William P. Powell, Civil War Surgeon

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Born in 1834, William P. Powell was the son of a free black man and a Native American mother in Bedford, MA. Powell, Sr. was a vocal abolitionist and helped house black seamen as well as fugitive slaves.

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