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Old 09-20-2017, 09:09 AM
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Two senators proposing monument to Union African-American soldier on State House grounds
By Jeremy Turnage, Digital Content Manager 9-20-17

A bipartisan pair of South Carolina State Senators are proposing a new monument for the State House grounds that would honor a Union African-American Navy officer from the Palmetto State.

Senator Greg Gregory (R-Lancaster) and Senator Darrell Jackson (D-Richland) say the violence in Charlottesville last month during a white supremacist rally that turned deadly pushed them to find a positive way forward after cities across the U.S. began removing Confederate monuments.

The subject of the monument, Robert Smalls, was a boat pilot hired out by his master to sail ships from the harbor in Charleston. On May 13, 1862, at the age of 23, he commandeered the Confederate steamer The Planter, ran a gauntlet of heavy fortifications, and sailed to freedom along with his family and several others.

Smalls also was elected to the SC House of Representatives and later to the SC Senate. He also served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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