Brown, Henry "Box"

Henry "Box" Brown, lithograph, detail

Henry Brown was not born on March 24, but that was the day in 1849 when he was became free. Brown was a slave in Virginia who escaped inside a box shipped from Richmond to Philadelphia, perhaps the most sensational slave escape of the era. Dickinson graduate James Miller McKim helped arrange the escape with other Underground Railroad agents and greeted Brown as he emerged from the box.

Life span
03/24/1815—01/01/1879

Life Summary

Full name
  Henry "Box" Brown
Place of Birth
Gender
  Male
Race
  Black
Origins
  Slave State
Occupation
  Other
Other Occupation
  Lecturer
Relation to Slavery
  Slave or Former Slave
Other Affiliations
  Abolitionists (Anti-Slavery Society)

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