One of the books we received on Tuesday through inter-library loans was "Henry's Freedom Box." This is a true story from the Underground Railroad.
Henry Brown was a slave in Virginia. He was separated from his Mother and was sent to work in a tobacco warehouse. He later married Nancy, who was also a slave. They had three children together before his wife, and his offspring, were sold at a slave market. In desperation, Henry decides to take the drastic step of mailing himself to freedom in a wooden crate. Henry's ingenious scheme works and he finds himself safely in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after a harrowing 27-hour journey over approximately 350 miles from Richmond, Virginia.
The author of this picture book, Ellen Levine, was interviewed by Scholastic Books. After reading it, Alisdair and I enjoyed hearing more details about what happened to Henry and why Levine was inspired to tell his story.