Representation of the Box
Original Author: Henry Brown and Charles Stearns, co-authors
Created: 1849
Medium: Woodcut
Publisher: Documenting the American South

Representation of the Box

This illustration depicts the compact box—"3 feet 1 inch long, 2 feet wide, 2 feet 6 inches high"—in which the enslaved man Henry Brown shipped himself from Richmond to Philadelphia. Brown wrote and copublished with Charles Stearns Narrative of Henry Box Brown, Who Escaped from Slavery, Enclosed in a Box 3 Feet Long and 2 Wide. Written from a Statement of Facts Made by Himself. With Remarks Upon the Remedy for Slavery (1849). This image was included in the book, which was published in Boston. The accompanying text notes that the box held "a fellow mortal [who] travelled a long journey, in quest of those rights which the piety and republicanism of this country denied to him …"