Henry Box Brown

Henry Box Brown (HM11R6)

Location: Mineral, VA 23117 Louisa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 56.846', W 77° 53.596'

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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.
HM NumberHM11R6
Marker NumberW 235
Year Placed2011
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 3:28pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 245771 N 4203931
Decimal Degrees37.94743333, -77.89326667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 56.846', W 77° 53.596'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 56' 50.76" N, 77° 53' 35.76" W
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Area Code(s)540, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6975 Jefferson Hwy, Mineral VA 23117, US
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