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 March 1849 inside a three-foot-long box. Brown briefly became a spokesperson for the abolitionist movement, publishing with Charles Stearns the Narrative of Henry Box Brown. He also 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 re-enslavement, Brown moved to Great Britain where he toured as an entertainer. He returned to the United States in 1875 and died sometime after 1889.
Date Approved by DHR: December 15, 2011
Year On Marker: 2011
Original Sponsor: Louisa County Historical Society - Allen Jennings
Geographic Location: Louisa County
Physical Description of Location: 6931-6975 Jefferson Hwy (State Route 33), Mineral, VA 23117. Marker is on right when traveling west on Route 33, about .8 miles prior to junction with State Route 522.
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