Henry “Box” Brown Mails Himself Out of Slavery
In 1849 an enslaved man in Virginia by the name of Henry Brown managed to escape slavery by mailing himself to freedom. Brown crammed himself in a small crate that was only 3 feet long and 2 feet wide. Standing at 5’8, getting into the box was no easy feat for Brown but he managed to do it. He then had two friends carry the crate, with him inside, down to the offices of the Adams Freight Company and claim it was a package of “dried goods” on their way to Philadelphia.