Alumni object to logo of school named for black congressman

This screen capture of the Robert Smalls International Academy website shows the Generals logo in the upper-right hand corner. An alumni group is objecting to the logo.

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Alumni of a Beaufort school named for noted black South Carolina congressman Robert Smalls don’t like the school logo and want to prevent it from becoming the school mascot.

Smalls was a slave who escaped, captured a Confederate ship during the Civil War and then went on to serve five terms in Congress.

The Beaufort Gazette reports that the Robert Smalls Association objects to the logo on the Robert Smalls International Academy’s website.

The logo shows a man with a two-toned face, ponytail and colonial-era garb. The association says it doesn’t accurate reflect Smalls.

The school doesn’t have an athletics mascot and district officials will meet with the association to decide choices to present to the school board.

The school was built in 1925, serving only blacks until 1970.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com