Henry Brown

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...

Call and Response

Music Links Henry Brown to 21st Century Abolitionists Henry couldn't help but notice her. He hadn't seen the girl before in the church choir, but there she was, rocking and swaying and stepping with the...

Where Book Covers Come From–Part 1

When I did a presentation at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati last fall, one of the people at the museum said jokingly, "The women here were wondering if the man on...

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...

Another World

Richmond Was Not Gone With the Wind I did a flurry of radio interviews a few weeks back just prior to my book signing at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. And one of...

Hats Off to Historical Clothing

The Clothing of Slaves Bloomed on Sundays Henry's face lit up when he spotted the mystery girl coming straight toward them, with a friend flanking her on either side--all of them carrying white parasols and...

The Great Escape

Introducing The Disappearing Man, based on an incredible true tale A sudden bang, and Henry flattened his back against the wooden wall of a small, lopsided building. He made out the ghostly image of a...

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...

One Book, One Community–And One Film

Canton Group Brings The Disappearing Man to Life Furious, the overseer stepped away from Mamma and kicked up dust with his boot...Then he picked up a stick, a sturdy one, and circled Mamma like he...

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...