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The Robert Smalls Commemorative Weekend

May 12-13, 2012


Please note: Activities are held on a first come, first seated basis.

Saturday, May 12th

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Charleston Museum (360 Meeting Street)
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Opening Program
    • Welcome:
      Dr. John Brumgardt, Executive Director, The Charleston Museum;
      The Honorable Mayor Joseph P. Riley, City of Charleston
    • Introductions: Dr. Helen Boulware Moore, Great-granddaughter of Robert Smalls
    • Speech: "Reflections On A Legacy"
    • Mr. Michael Boulware Moore, Great-great-grandson of Robert Smalls
  • Viewing of "The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls" Exhibit
    • Docent: Mr. Charles Jeffrey Powley, Manager at The SC State Museum

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
City of Charleston (Waterfront Park)

  • Dedication of The Robert Smalls Interpretive Sign

3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The Historic Charleston Foundation (40 East Bay Street)

  • Dedication of The Robert Smalls Historic Marker
  • Reception to follow

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Morris Brown AME Church (13 Morris Street)

  • Panel Discussion: "Robert Smalls: His Actions, Impact and Legacy"
    • Welcome: Rev. Joseph Darby, Pastor
    • Moderator: Mr. Michael Boulware Moore, Great-great-grandson of Robert Smalls.
    • Presenters:
      Dr. Bernard Powers, Professor of History, College of Charleston;
      Dr. Stephen Wise, Curator of History, Parris Island Museum;
      Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, Professor of History, University of Texas in Arlington
      Ms. Elaine Nichols, Senior Curator of Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of Culture and History

Sunday, May 13th

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Sites and Insights Bus Tour (Official Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting Street)

  • "The Robert Smalls Tour"
    • Narrator: Mr. Al Miller

10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
The Avery Research Center (125 Bull Street)

  • "Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot's Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill"
    • Film Producer: Ms. Adrena Ifill, DoubleBack Productions

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Avery Research Center (125 Bull Street)

  • Lecture: "The Ship CSS Planter"
    • Presenter: Mr. Dennis Cannady, Ship Craftsman

5:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m.
Charleston Harbor Tours (Liberty Square, 340 Concord Street)

  • Boat Tour of the route of Robert Smalls' flight to freedom
    • Boarding the boat (5:30 p.m.)
    • Boat tour followng the route of Robert Smalls' flight to freedom (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
    • Narrator: Mr. Michael Allen, National Park Service

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© The Robert Smalls Collection
Helen Boulware Moore, Ph. D. and W. Marvin Dulaney, Ph. D.