Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division
The Resurrection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia
In this lithograph published about 1850, escaped slave Henry Brown emerges from "a Box 3 feet long, 2–1/2 ft. deep, and 2 ft. wide" in the office of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, holding a prybar, looks on at left. To attain his freedom, Brown had himself shipped in a box from Richmond in 1849. The story of his escape was widely publicized, and he adopted the name Henry Box Brown.