Beyond the Broadcast

Nate DiMeo says of Henry Brown, “He didn’t want to be a symbol of freedom when he could simply be free.” How do you understand this? What do you think of the way Brown chose to live the rest of his life?

In 1849 Henry Brown published the story of his life and his unlikely escape from slavery. The text of his book has been digitized by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of their project, Digitizing the American South, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. You can read Brown’s story in his own words here.

The National Underground Railroad Center has information about Henry Brown and other significant figures in the struggle against slavery.

A Philadelphia bar has created a series of cocktails named for events in early American history, including this drink named the Henry “Box” Brown.