The life of Henry "Box" Brown is so notable because he was an Antebellum-Era Virginia plantation slave who managed to mailed himself to freedom in a wooden box. The big question here is: how did he do it? Easy! He had the help of abolitionists on both ends of his journey. However, his story does not end there. What did Henry "Box" Brown do once he reached freedom? He spoke out against the institution of slavery, worked as a magician, and lived a very interesting life. Among other Henry "Box" Brown facts are his marriage to a white Englishwoman as well as the fact that Frederick Douglass didn't like him.
Henry "Box" Brown was born around 1816 in Virginia, and lived in several other countries until his death in Canada in 1897.
He Was Born Into Slavery In VirginiaPhoto: Henry Box Brown/Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
He Had A Wife And Three Children Who Were Sold On The Slave MarketPhoto: Brantz Mayer/Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
He Mailed Himself In A Handmade Wooden Crate That Was Three Feet Long By Two Feet WidePhoto: Samuel W. Rowse/Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
The Day That He Escaped, He Badly Burned His Hands - On PurposePhoto: Dirk Valkenburg/Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
The Box Was Shipped To And Received By The Philadelphia Vigilance CommitteePhoto: William Still/Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
Frederick Douglass Wasn't Thrilled That He Shared The Details Of His EscapePhoto: George Kendall Warren/Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons