That would be Robert Smalls. He was an attractive, brave, black man who was born into slavery in 1839.

In 1861 he stole a Confederate Military vessel, disguised himself as the captain and used the code book and hand signals to gain access out of Confederate waters. Doing this allowed him to free himself as well as other slaves. After all of that, he ran for congress and won! Robert Smalls a Black History Legend.

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