In recent months I have written about the former African slave (and Baptist) Robert Smalls (1839-1915), who became famous for a daring exploit during the American Civil War, became a leading Baptist layman in the South during the Reconstruction era, and today is one of the 19th century’s largely-forgotten Baptist heroes (at least in Baptist circles at large).
Within South Carolina black Baptist life, however, Robert Smalls is experiencing a renaissance during this 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. “The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls” is a part of the S.C. State Museum’s traveling exhibits program. Having traveled around the country during the past three years with visitation of more than 75,000 persons, the exhibit is now en route to Tabernacle Baptist Church in Beaufort, South Carolina, the church were Smalls is buried. Read more about the exhibit that honors the life of this remarkable Baptist layman.