Henry Brown.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Henry Brown was born in Louisa County, Virginia back in circa 1815 (true date of birth is not known). At 15 he was sent to work in a tobacco factory in Richmond. Born into slavery as far as I could tell he received no formal education. Henry married another slave Nancy, but their marriage was not recognized legally.

His master sold Nancy and their three children, never to be seen again. He escaped his master and became well known for speaking out against slavery. In 1850, he moved to England where he married Jane Floyd a whit Cornish tin worker’s daughter in 1855. He earned a living by making the abolitionist circuit, also performing as a magician, mesmerist and conjuror. He returned to the U.S. in 1875. He died in Toronto in 1897, around the age of 81-82.

What you may not know about Henry “Box” Brown is the way he escaped slavery. He built 3 feet long, by 2’8” deep and 2 feet wide. He had friends cut a single hole in it so he could breathe and mailed himself to James Miller McKim and William Still with the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. It took 27 hours for him to arrive at his destination travelling by wagon, railroad, steamboat, wagon again, railroad, ferry and finally delivery wagon.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray now that puts a whole new meaning to 'the great escape".....

Apr 18, 2019 03:10 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And people think we have it tough today!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 18, 2019 04:38 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Henry was determined and successful in his pursuit of freedom. Enjoy your day!

Apr 18, 2019 04:51 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Apr 18, 2019 05:05 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a tale this is, a story of sadness and triumph.

Apr 18, 2019 05:55 AM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I can’t decide if that is coach or third class mail James Dray 

Apr 18, 2019 06:58 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, I have never heard of anyone successfully mailing themselves, I am glad that it worked for him!

Apr 18, 2019 07:03 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow 27 hours in a small box James, that is unreal but I guess they had to do what they had to do.


Apr 18, 2019 07:27 AM #8
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Now that is a story on how folks have the will to be free. Something like we are seeing today with SA.

Apr 18, 2019 07:52 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - those were amazing stories of slaves that escaped.

Apr 18, 2019 08:13 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I can't even fathom his way of escape. But I am glad he accomplished it and was OK. 

Apr 18, 2019 08:15 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a clever way to escape, and I am so happy to read that he got to where he wanted to go.  A

Apr 18, 2019 08:57 AM #12
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - clever and resourceful bring new meaning with your telling of this man and his story. Incredible.

Apr 18, 2019 09:51 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Henry certainly was one to think "inside the box"  A very clever man.

Apr 18, 2019 02:31 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Amazing story James. We can all take a lesson in just how much he valued freedom!!!

Apr 18, 2019 05:52 PM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I can't imagine what it would be like to be in a virtual coffin for 27 hours. This was the horror that was slavery.

Apr 20, 2019 07:52 AM #16
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