Members of the cast of Henry Box Brown act out a scene from the musical, which is being staged at the world-famous Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This photo captures a scene from Henry Box Brown. The musical draws on the rich legacy of 19th-century spirituals, which arose out of the suffering and hardships endured by enslaved peoples of African descent. These pieces often convey deep spiritual values and insights. “All these songs have come from oppression, from forgiveness of the oppressors, songs that distracted you from the brutality of the life that you were in,” explains the show’s musical director and co-composer. “All of these songs are connected to God…”
This illustration from an 1872 book depicts when Henry “Box” Brown was let out of the shipping crate in Philadelphia. The box – 3 feet long, 2 feet 8 inches deep, and 2 feet wide – displayed the words "dry goods." (Image: William Still)
A scene in the musical depicts Henry Brown’s forced separation from his pregnant wife Nancy and their three children.
In Edinburgh, Scotland, two cast members of Henry Box Brown pose in front of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, the United States president who abolished slavery.