Lead: In 1848 after Richmond slave Henry Brown saw his wife and children for the last time after they had been "sold South" he decided it was about time he got out of there. He risked his life for a taste of freedom.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After his family was gone Henry Brown devised a daring and bold plan to escape this system that had so cruelly broken his heart. In 1849 he enlisted the help of a white shoemaker, paid him $84.00, and had himself shipped to Philadelphia. Brown crammed himself, all 5 feet, 8 inches, 200 pounds, into a box three feet long, two feet wide and two feet, eight inches deep and it was nailed shut. The box was labeled “dry goods.” He sat with his knees jammed into his chest and was equipped with a bladder of water, crackers and a sharp tool to poke holes if there was not enough air.

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