The Journey of Henry Box Brown
The Journey of Henry Box Brown takes a magical look at the historic true tale of slave Henry Box Brown, a man who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden box from a plantation in Richmond, Virginia to freedom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848. Narrated by Emmy-winning and oscar nominated actress Alfre Woodard, this lightly animated story uses verse to share Henry’s story. With the help of characters including Bird, Horse Cricket and Cat, Henry avoids being discovered and makes his way to freedom. While on his dangerous and exciting journey, Henry shares what freedom means to him and why slavery is wrong.
“The Journey of Henry Box Brown” is the wonderful story of the true Henry Brown and his daring escape from slavery. Visually, the movie is very simple. It is like listening to a book being read and looking at the pictures but with some slight movement here and there on some of the pages. What brings the story to life is the talented reader and the fact that the story is written as a poem and has a great cadence to it.
This simple, yet captivating movie is a great way to learn about a piece of our country’s history. It would be a fabulous addition to a teacher’s movie collection, but is great for anyone who is simply looking for a good story. Dove gladly awards the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to “The Journey of Henry Box Brown”.