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Henry "Box" Brown



Henry “Box” Brown was a 19th-century slave in Virginia. He devised a plan to escape slavery by having himself mailed to a free state by Adams Express Company, which was known for its confidential and efficient services. It cost him $86 dollars to be shipped in a small box (3 feet long by 2 feet wide) that was marked “dry goods.” He almost died along the way, but finally emerged 27 hours later in Pennsylvania.


Brown’s plan required him to be placed in a confined space and carried by others for 27 hours to secure his freedom. God’s plan required Jesus to be placed in a confined space, the womb of a woman, and carried by her for nine months to secure our freedom. Jesus was not being shipped from oppression, He was being shipped to oppression. He went from paradise to a plantation for our liberation!