Historical Marker Honors Local Man who Escaped Slavery

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

May 22, 2012

Louisa County now has a new historical marker honoring a local man who escaped slavery on the underground railroad.

A weekend ceremony recognized Henry Box Brown. He was a native of Louisa County and shipped himself in a box from Richmond to Philadelphia to escape slavery in 1849.

The highway marker is located in Cuckoo on Route 33 at the Louisa Temple Lodge 113. This is between Philippii Christian and Gilboa Christian Church. The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, the Louisa County Historical Society, and Coordinator Allen Jennings all worked together to put the sign in place.

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