Slave Mailed to Freedom

This may be the most ingenious escape from slavery ever. Henry Brown claimed to a “heavenly vision” to mail himself to a place where there were no slaves. On March 29, 1849 Brown tucked himself into a wooden crate (with the help of a storekeeper friend), and the 200lb box was shipped to the Philadelphia home of abolitionist James Miller McKim 27 hours later. He touted his escape, which caused the Fugitive Slave Act to be passed in 1850. Some, including Fredrick Douglass wished he would have kept his mouth shut about it, so that others may have used a similar method.

Slave Mailed to Freedom

This may be the most ingenious escape from slavery ever. Henry Brown claimed to a “heavenly vision” to mail himself to a place where there were no slaves. On March 29, 1849 Brown tucked himself into a wooden crate (with the help of a storekeeper friend), and the 200lb box was shipped to the Philadelphia home of abolitionist James Miller McKim 27 hours later. He touted his escape, which caused the Fugitive Slave Act to be passed in 1850. Some, including Fredrick Douglass wished he would have kept his mouth shut about it, so that others may have used a similar method.

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