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Former governor, former slave in SC Hall of Fame

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Former Gov. Dick Riley and Robert Smalls, a slave who went on to become a congressman, are being inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony is Tuesday in Myrtle Beach. Each year one living and one deceased South Carolinian are added to the hall.

Riley was governor from 1979 through 1987 and later served as U.S. Education Secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Smalls was born in Beaufort in 1839 and led the takeover of a Confederate steamship at the start of the Civil War. He later became a captain in the U.S. Navy and was elected a South Carolina congressman in the 1870s.

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