Brown , Henry Box(1815--1889)

Biographical Overview

Birth Date: ca. 1815 (Louisa County, Virginia)
Death Date: after 1889 (The date of his death are unknown. The last record of Brown is a newspaper report of a performance by Brown at Brantford, Ontario, Canada)

Notes

Info:Henry Box Brown was an African American abolitionist speaker and showman, who later took up a career as a mesmerist and conjuror.


Brown was born into slaver but on March 23, 1849 escaped to freedom by famously having himself mailed in a wooden crate to abolitionists in Philadelphia. Thus inspiring his nickname.


After arrival in Philadelphia, Brown became a well-known speaker for the Anti-Slavery Society and an author with the publication of his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown (1849).


Brown exhibited a moving panorama titled "Mirror of Slavery" across the northeastern states until he was forced to move to England after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.


Brown toured Britain with his antislavery panorama for the next 10 years. Which was followed by a long career in show business.


Monikers include...
- Prof. H. Box Brown
- The African Prince

Troupe Affiliation

Troupe Name Event # of events
Brown, Henry Box Lecture 4

Events Naming Person

Event Date Location Troupe
Exhibition 1852-1852 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne (city-county) in Northumberland Brown, Henry Box
Exhibition 1852-1852 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne (city-county) in Northumberland Brown, Henry Box
Vocal Entertainment 1853-1853 Royal Amphitheatre/Royal Adelphi Theatre, Sheffield Yorkshire: West Riding Brown, Henry Box
Vocal Entertainment 1853-1853 Royal Amphitheatre/Royal Adelphi Theatre, Sheffield Yorkshire: West Riding Brown, Henry Box

Songs & Acts

Number of songs and acts found: 2
Title Type Number of Events Found
1 Uncle Tom's Cabin Musical Entertainment Song 2 event(s)
2 Panoramic Views of American Slavery Play 2 event(s)

Bibliographic Sources

  • University of Bristol, Kathleen Barker Collection KB/3: Sheffield Adelphi Playbill. May 28, 1853