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Random Thoughts: The story of Henry Box Brown – part 2


February 28, 2020

In 1849, Virginia slave Henry Brown resolved to escape to a free northern state. He decided to conceal himself inside a wooden crate and ship himself to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Brown sat in the crate with his knees bent so that they almost touched his face. Two friends who aided him wrapped some cloth around him to add some padding to make him more comfortable.

They also, of course, made a small air hole in the crate. Brown took a few biscuits and a container of water to provide some basic sustenance on his journey.

Brown’s co-conspirators then nailed the crate shut and wrapped some l...

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