Henry Box Brown

Keith Henley as Henry Box BrownPortrayed by Keith Henley

Henry Box Brown was a Virginia Slave who was forced to work in a Virginia plantation, but when his wife and children were sold to the owner of a South Carolina plantation owner he began to devise a way to escape to freedom. With the help of James C. A. Smith, a local shop keep and a member of the Philadelphia Abolitionist  he mailed himself in a crate traveling from Richmond, VA to Philadelphia PA. The trip was a success, but was a great hardship as the journey lasted twenty seven hours. Once in Philadelphia he became a noted abolitionist and eventually a showman.  His showmanship brought censure upon him by Frederick Douglas and other abolitionists, as they that in going public about his method of escape, he denied others the ability to use the same method. Themes addressed in this program are: Overcoming the Odds, Determination vs Bondage and Faith

Keith Henley’s background is one of great diversity.  He graduated South Carolina State College with a major in Chemistry and minors in mathematics and biology. Later, he went on to study Theatre Education at Camden County College Blackwood, NJ. He currently owns and operates J.O.Y. Productions, Queenie’s Homemade Sweets and Catering, & Alpha Designs. In addition he is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Folkloric Heritage Culture Arts Company Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He began his historic interpretation career with Historic Philadelphia Inc. and has since worked for American Historical theatre and History First Hand and has performed for the Smithsonian Associates’ Teaching American History program, Historic Germantown, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia as well as local libraries.

Invite Henry Box Brown to your event:

Educational Programs: Presentation with Q & A for schools, museums, libraries and historical sites
Parties: Entertaining Toasts, Relevant Quotes, Photo Ops for corporate, association and private social events
Keith Henley Bio of Actor/Historian or Interpretor, Reenactor, Impersonator.