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Underground Railroad hero honored

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) -

A highway marker now marks the historic home of Henry Box Brown, one of Richmond's most important historical figures.

Brown, often referred to as "Box Brown", escaped to freedom by shipping himself North to freedom in a crate in 1849.

The Louisa County native became a hero in the Underground Railroad. Brown was born just two miles from the location of the sign and lived in Louisa County until 15 years of age. The home was damaged in the August earthquake.

Saturday, members of the Virginia Department of Historical Resources, Louisa County Historical Society, ASALH, NAACP and others celebrated the new marker.

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