St. Ann Learns about the underground railroad

January 23, 2017 by  

As part of Black History Month, the Rock Road Branch of the St. Louis County Library is putting together a special storytime for St. Ann children. Harry ‘Box’ Brown and Tales of the Underground Railroad is a special event for families looking to learn a little more about the nation’s history.

Harry ‘Box’ Brown was a former slave and abolitionist who lived from 1816 to 1897. His most notable achievement was escaping from Virginia to anti-slavery Pennsylvania by mailing himself to some abolitionists, a journey which was touted at the time at being finished in only 27 hours. Afterwards he became a vocal member of the abolition movement and moved in circles alongside other famous figures such as Frederick Douglas. Later in life he became an entertainer, magician and mesmerist, touring England and the U.S.A.

The story of Harry ‘Box’ Brown and other heroes from the Underground Railroad will be brought to life by Bobby Norfolk, an Emmy winning entertainer and regular fixture at the National Storytelling Festival. He will share tales of heroism and loss, bravery and strife, all experienced by ordinary people in the pursuit of freedom. Booklet printings of some of the stories will be available after the event.

Harry ‘Box’ Brown and the Tales of the Underground Railroad will be held on February 13 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Rock Road Branch Library, located at 10267 St. Charles Rock Rd. Attendance is free for children eight and up, but pre-registration is highly encouraged. Anyone looking for more info should contact the library.