Man Mails Himself
In Box To Escape Slavery
Henry Box Brown was born a slave Louisa County,
Virginia, in 1815. He married a
local slave but in 1849 his wife and children were sold to a plantation
owner in North Carolina.
Soon afterwards Brown decided to escape and with the help of a sympathetic tobacconist,
he arranged to be sent in a box to James McKim, an anti-slavery campaigner
in Pennsylvania and a member of the Underground
Brown survived the journey and as well as becoming a well-known speaker for the Anti-Slavery
Society , he wrote his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Henry
Box Brown (1851).
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