Separate cash prizes for middle, high school, and college Robert Smalls Historical FoundationRobert Smalls went from slavery to being a ship’s captain in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. He convinced President Abraham Lincoln to allow blacks to join the Union Army, forming the South Carolina 1st and 2nd Regiments. National Park ServiceFrederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York. He became famous for his oratory and antislavery writings. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The Human Relations Council for Hemet, San Jacinto and Menifee is
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