Henry Brown

Henry and Nancy

Canton Actors Bring a Remarkable Couple to Life When a friend first approached Roslyn Pratt about playing Nancy Brown in the Canton film production of The Disappearing Man, her first reaction was "Oh no, you...
Image of the cover of the first issue of Peterson Pilgrim Magazine

Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Stories: Introducing ‘Peterson Pilgrim’ Magazine

A letter that helped to convict a Nazi war criminal… A squeegee handle that saved the lives of half a dozen people on 9/11… A set of stairs that saved hundreds more… These ordinary objects played a...

Man is About to Mail Himself From Arkansas to Oregon

If Only Henry Brown Had a Computer Game...   I couldn't resist this curious bit of news. A friend recently sent me an article about a man who is shipping himself in a box from Bald...

Henry ‘Box’ Brown on CBS

Happy Henry Day! This week marks the 166th anniversary of Henry Brown's amazing escape from slavery. On March 23, 1849, Henry Brown was sealed inside a wooden box, 3 feet by 2 feet by 2-1/2...

Crossing the Jordan–in Ohio

To many abolitionists, the Ohio River was the North's Jordan River, providing access to the Promised Land. The Ohio River was the dividing line between North and South, making it an important crossing point for...

The Forgotten Fire

In the opening scene of my novel, The Disappearing Man, Henry Brown is running for his life from slave patrollers in the middle of the night on the streets of Richmond. He winds up...

Slaves Without Masters

Free Blacks Lived on the Edge Between Slavery and Freedom   When Henry Brown arrived in Richmond in 1830 at the age of 15, the city boasted a population of roughly 16,000--half of which were African-American....

Thinking Inside the Box

Replica box gives a taste of Henry's ordeal Standing next to the box, Samuel grinned and held out his hand, like a coachman motioning to the open door of a carriage. "Your coffin awaits." With...

Disappearing Man Optioned for Film!

I am thrilled to announce that a New York film and television company has purchased the screenplay of The Disappearing Man, with the goal of bringing Henry "Box" Brown's story to the screen. Many people...

The New Abolitionists

Going Out on a Limb to Stop a Fast-Growing Crime: Modern Slavery   Miller McKim would never forget the day that a Richmond shoemaker named Samuel Smith showed up at his Philadelphia office with a most...