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Henry "Box" Brown


Henry Brown, am enslaved African American, had a shoemaker build a wooden box two feet wide, three feet long and two feet, eight inches deep. Fellow African Americans then sealed Brown in this box, and Brown had himself shipped by rail from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He became known as "Box" Brown on the antislavery lecture circuit