Henry ‘Box’ Brown

One of the things I want to do now that we have the house in a comfy livable state is to start exploring Richmond, and the region.  There is so much History here.

Today we took advantage of an historical Original Richmond Walking Tour. It is one of many tours arranged through The Valentine Museum.  It was a very good tour, about an hour and 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of questions.  We took about the full 1 1/2 hrs, it was just Tom and me, and Liz the Guide.

 

We saw and learned many things, but one I had heard about and was particularly interested in was how Henry Brown, a slave of Richmond, in 1849 gained his freedom.

You can read about Henry here – and when you do come back and look at these pictures –

The first one is for size, that is Tom, and Liz.  The second shows the box interior into which they have inscribed an outline of the position in which Henry would have travelled, 26 hours! And the last is the plaque at the site.

The story is fascinating, and horrifying, and a testament to our desire for freedom.

 

There were many other enjoyable parts of the tour, and we enjoyed it immensely.

And then of course there was lunch afterwards.

Some scenes from our walk.

 

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About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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2 Responses to Henry ‘Box’ Brown

  1. Andrea Montgomery says:

    Hi again” I have to start all over again! While my husband was stationed in Ft. Lee, I spent a good amount of time in Richmond. I went to the Battle Fields on a very misty and rainy day, I was the only tourist at that time of the day; I received the TOUR OF MY LIFE!!!. The tour was conducted by a retired, black soldier. He was able to present me with stories about the war times; those stories were so graphically told by him, they almost left you with a picture book! It was great, but also very creepy. You should go and see! Andrea

  2. Andrea Montgomery says:

    Hi, I am always glad to hear from you!! Richmond is a very interesting and historical town! A long tome ago, whil

    On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 1:34 PM, “Life after Mérida, Debi in Richmond” wrote:

    > Debi in Merida posted: “One of the things I want to do now that we have > the house in a comfy livable state is to start exploring Richmond, and the > region. There is so much History here. Today we took advantage of an > historical Original Richmond Walking Tour. It is one of many ” >

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