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Henry “Box” Brown

On this day, March 25, 1815 Henry “Box” Brown was born into slavery in Louisa County, Virginia. In 1848 Henry’s family was sold down river away from him. Hating his condition, he became an abolitionist determined to escape his circumstance. He found an ally in a white shoemaker named Samuel Smith, who agreed to ship him, as dry goods, in a wooden “BOX”to the Philadelphia office of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. He paid the shoemaker $84 for his services. He survived the ordeal and wrote his autobiography before ultimately fleeing to England to avoid America’s Fugitive Slave Act…this is has been a Breath of My Ancestors Minute-brought to you by the Institute of Radical Reconciliation-We Must Never Forget


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