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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. Touch 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); Richardson and Morton Schools (approx. 5 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mineral.
 
Also see . . .  Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself. Electronic Edition of book by Henry Box Brown published in Manchester in 1851. “Here is a man who has been the hero of one of the most extraordinary achievements I ever heard of;—he came to me on Saturday Morning last, in a box tightly hooped, marked ‘THIS SIDE UP,’ by overland express, from the city of Richmond!! Did you ever hear of any thing in all your life to beat that? Nothing that was done on the barricades of Paris exceeded this cool and deliberate intrepidity. To appreciate fully the boldness and risk of the achievement, you ought to see the box and hear all the circumstances.
Rt 33 (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2012
3. Rt 33 (facing east)
The box is in the clear three feet one inch long, two feet six inches deep, and two feet wide. It was a regular old store box such as you see in Pearl-street;—it was grooved at the joints and braced at the ends, leaving but the very slightest crevice to admit the air.” (Submitted on August 4, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
“Resurrection of Henry Box Brown, at Philadelphia” image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats
4. “Resurrection of Henry Box Brown, at Philadelphia”
Illustration in the 1851 book Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, written by himself.
Henry “Box” Brown upon his deliverance from slavery. image. Click for full size.
By A. Donnelly
5. 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 was last revised on August 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 147 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week August 6, 2017. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 4, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5. submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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