In Season 1, Episode 1, of Not Even Past, host Brendan Wolfe introduces listeners to Henry Brown, of Richmond. Enslaved, his wife and family having been sold away, he climbed inside a postal box. Inside he hung feet-side-up, his temples throbbing, his head near to bursting. The box was addressed to Philadelphia—or, put another way, to freedom
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For more, read about the Underground Railroad in Virginia and Brown’s multiple memoirs, including an excerpt from the Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown (1851).
IMAGE: The Resurrection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia (Library of Congress)