Mary Long's Yesteryear: Robert Smalls: Gullah Statesman
This saga of courageous Robert Smalls details his childhood, which was spent at the home of his master, Henry McKee of Beaufort. Smalls is taken to Charleston, where he eventually became pilot of the Confederate gunboat,
. In 1862, under cover of darkness, Smalls, accompanied by his family and other slaves, sailed the
out of Charleston Harbor and past Confederate sentries in a desperate bid for freedom.
In part two, the saga continues with a look at the life of Robert Small after the Civil War, and follows his career through Reconstruction. One of the first Blacks elected to public office after the war, Smalls had a distinguished career as a South Carolina State Senator and Representative to the United States Congress.