Robert Smalls Documentary Receives Telly Award
For Immediate Release
June 3, 2014
South Carolina ETV's program on Robert Smalls, the South Carolinian who was born into slavery and went on to become a member of the House of Representatives, has received a national Telly Award.
"Robert Smalls, State Representative and Senator, U.S. Congressman" was created in partnership with the South Carolina Hall of Fame and is one of 90 video profiles ETV and the Hall of Fame have collaborated on over the last five years.
"Watching these programs is the perfect way to get acquainted with South Carolina and learn about its history," said Executive Producer Steve Folks. "We're delighted to receive this Telly Award. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.”
Robert Smalls was an African-American born into slavery in 1839 who went on to become a sea captain and renowned politician in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smalls liberated himself, his crew, and their families from slavery in 1862 when he commandeered a Confederate transport ship and sailed it to freedom. His story helped persuade President Abraham Lincoln to accept black soldiers into the Union Army.
About the Telly Awards: The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.
South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning. South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.