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Near Mineral in Louisa County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Henry Box Brown

 
 
Henry Box Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2012
1. Henry Box Brown Marker
Inscription. Born into slavery about 1815 at The Hermitage Plantation near here, Henry Brown was working in Richmond by 1830. Brown mailed himself to Philadelphia, and freedom, on 23 Mar. 1849 inside a three-foot-long box. Brown became a spokesperson for the abolitionist movement and symbol of the Underground Railroad. He published with Charles Stearns the Narrative of Henry Box Brown and exhibited a moving panorama, “The Mirror of Slavery.” Forced to leave the country in Oct. 1850 after the Fugitive Slave Act because of the threat of reenslavement, Brown moved to Great Britain where he toured as an entertainer. He returned to the United States in 1875 and died sometime after 1889.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 235.)
 
Location. 37° 56.846′ N, 77° 53.596′ W. Marker is near Mineral, Virginia, in Louisa County. Marker is on Jefferson Highway (Virginia Route 33) half a mile east of Cross Country Road (U.S. 522), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mineral VA 23117, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jack Jouett's Ride (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cuckoo
Rt 33 (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2012
2. Rt 33 (facing west)
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2359 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Historic Louisa (approx. 7.7 miles away); Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1960) (approx. 7.8 miles away); John Mercer Langston Birthplace (approx. 8 miles away); Patrick Henry's Home (approx. 8 miles away); Louisa Court House (approx. 8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mineral.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
Rt 33 (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2012
3. Rt 33 (facing east)
Henry “Box” Brown upon his deliverance from slavery. image. Click for full size.
By A. Donnelly
4. Henry “Box” Brown upon his deliverance from slavery.
The resurrection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia, who escaped from Richmond Va. in a bx 3 feet long 2 1/2 ft. deep and 2 ft wide. Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-4659]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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