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The resurrection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia, who escaped from Richmond Va. in a bx 3 feet long 2 1/2 ft. deep and 2 ft wide

The resurrection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia, who escaped from Richmond Va. in a bx 3 feet long 2 1/2 ft. deep and 2 ft wide

 
 
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A somewhat comic yet sympathetic portrayal of the culminating episode in the flight of slave Henry Brown "who escaped from Richmond Va. in a Box 3 feet long, 2-1/2 ft. deep and 2 ft. wide." In the office of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, the young Brown emerges from a crate as several figures, including Frederick Douglass (holding a claw hammer at left) look on. Details of Brown's escape, whereby he had himself shipped via Adams Express from Richmond to Philadelphia, were widely publicized in a narrative of his ordeal published under his own name in 1849. The box itself became an abolitionist metaphor for the inhumanity and spiritual suffocation of slavery. It is shown on an undated broadside published in Boston (Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Broadside Collection, portfolio 65, no. 16).
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A similar lithograph with the same title, giving a slightly different version of the scene, was drawn on stone by Peter Kramer and printed by Thomas Sinclair of Philadelphia. (An impression is in the collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia.)
"Entered ... 1850 by Henry Box Brown ... District Court of Massachusetts."
The Library's impression of the print was deposited for copyright on January 10, 1850.
Weitenkampf, p. 101
Annual Report of the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1975, p. 59-60
Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1850-4.

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01/01/1850
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Brown, Henry Box, 1815 or 1816-, copyright claimant
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