Henry “Box” Brown fled slavery in Richmond, Virginia, via a custom-made dry goods box sent through the U.S. mail service in 1849. The box was only big enough to hold his six-foot, two-hundred-pound frame, curled up into a fetal position, along with a flask of water and a few biscuits. He mailed himself safely to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he arrived twenty-seven hours later. The tale of his innovative escape is perhaps all that current-day readers know about him. But his testimony of life as a slave was the subject of broadsides, posters, and as-told-to memoir, all mass-produced and circulated throughout Northern states and abroad during his lifetime. Brown’s escape was so motivated by the disruption of marital bonds and family life suffered by so many slaves in antebellum America.