Fun Fact Friday - August 3, 2018

September 5, 2018

 

In 1849, Henry "Box" Brown had a dream to "mail himself to a place where there are no slaves." With $86 in hand, Brown enlisted the help of a local storekeeper to box him up with water and biscuits and send him north to freedom. A Philadelphia abolitionist agreed to receive the box. The journey lasted 27 hours and Brown's box was passed from wagon to railroad to steamboat and back again. The box often ended up upside down, but Brown remained quiet enough to avoid discovery. When Brown arrived in Philadelphia, he was released as a free man.

 

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