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Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine


Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom.



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Leann richard
Leann richard
Jun 08, 2023

Correction of my comment(Henry Brown,quite an interesting story! I loved it, inspite of his so sad and terrible time as a slave, he had to be very intelligent to think of something like that, which I suppose, it all worked out for him. I also think that's really a birthday for him. I hope he has a good life afterwards.

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This story was a bit sad for Henry Brown but in the end I believe that he found freedom and happiness. Behind every dark cloud there is a silver lining.

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Jamilah Richard
Jamilah Richard
May 08, 2023

Henry brown quite an interesting story I loved

it, inspite of his so sad and terrible time as a slave he had to be very smart to think of something like that which I suppose it all had worked out for him I also think that's really a birthday for him, hope he had a good life afterwards

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