Henry Box Brown

Henry Box Brown

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Henry "Box" Brown (1815-1879?) was a 19th century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom by arranging to have himself mailed to Philadelphia abolitionists in a wooden crate. For a short time he became a noted abolitionist speaker and later a showman, but later lost the support of the abolitionist community, notably Frederick Douglass, who wished Brown had kept quiet about his escape so that more slaves could have escaped using similar means. Born into slavery in 1815 in Louisa County, Virginia, Brown was sent to Richmond in 1830 to work in a tobacco factory. There, he married another slave, Nancy, and the couple had three children. Brown used his wages to pay Nancy's master for the time she spent caring for them. However, in 1848, his wife and children were sold to a slave trader and sent to North Carolina. Brown claimed that he was powerless to prevent this.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 222g
  • Chrono Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135671707
  • 9786135671704