Henry “Box” Brown
It’s March 1849, and amid the cacophony of this busy port workers toss a box marked “dry goods” onto a vessel. Inside, Henry Brown silently endures incredible torture. After 26 agonizing hours he reaches Philadelphia, freedom, and international fame as Henry “Box” Brown. The Underground Railroad thrived at chaotic north-south transportation hubs such as Aquia Landing before the Civil War. And once the war came, even more people travelled through here after emancipating themselves by reaching the Union lines near Fredericksburg. Brown eventually became a lecturer on the abolitionist circuit.
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