Henry Brown

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....

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 Ohio Underground

Canton, Ohio, Embraces The Disappearing Man There's something about Ohio. Cincinnati, Ohio, is home of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where I first discovered the story of Henry "Box" Brown and his incredible escape from...

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...

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...

From the Land of Lincoln

Springfield's Paper Tells of Henry Brown, Upcoming Book Signing When you walk into the Plaza at the entrance of the Abraham Lincoln Museum, you will see a log cabin to your left, while straight ahead...

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...

Living Under the Sword

  Love was the ultimate risk among slaves Henry moved in closer to the window until he was standing only inches from her face. He couldn't kiss Nancy, not with a cabin full of slaves...

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...