Tales of the Underground Railroad: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown

Teaching Artist: Bobby Norfolk

Journey back to the historical era of the Underground Railroad in this theatrical reenactment of one man’s struggle for emancipation. Henry “Box” Brown was born into slavery in Virginia in 1816. After his wife and children were taken from him and sold, he had himself sealed in a small wooden box and shipped to friends and freedom. He later traveled the northern states speaking against slavery, but eventually was forced to flee to Great Britain because of the Fugitive Slave Law. His narrative was published in 1849 to raise funds so that Brown could purchase freedom for his wife and children. Also available for after school and virtual performances.

Audience: Grades 3-12
Format: Performance
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies/Culture
Teaching Artist: Bobby Norfolk

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