Tuesday marked the anniversary of the “sail to freedom” and on that day. U.S. marine archaeologist located a sunken Civil War-era ship that they believe belonged to a group of African-American slaves in Charleston South Carolina 152 years ago. On that day, Robert Smalls a slave who worked as a deckhand on the ship; the Planter. Smalls disguised himself a the ship’s captain and him along with his wife and children as well as other African American slaves they set sail to freedom. He went on to have a career in the Union navy and later served five terms as a congressman for South Carolina.
According to Reuters, “The remains of the storied sidewheel steamship Planter are likely buried off Cape Romain on the South Carolina coast, where the vessel later sank in 1876, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Magnetometer surveys found a large amount of iron signaling a sunken ship about a half mile offshore and buried under 10 to 15 feet of sand and water.”
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