Kevin Hart’s Guide To Black History: Henry “Box” Brown | Netflix Is A Joke


You know what? Here. Take a look at this. (trumpets play) (upbeat music) (tapping) What’re you doing? (tapping and swiping) What’re you doing? I think the battery’s dead. Ain’t no batteries in it, give me this. This is a book! Sweetie, let me tell you about a man named Henry “Box” Brown. See, he was a slave who escaped by mailing himself to
Philadelphia in a box. Look at this. Mhm. Here he is, right here. Wow, that’s crazy. Crazy like a box. (laughs) It was a play on words. (drums play) Now sweetie, let me put
this in perspective. Back in the 1850s, a
lot of plantation owners liked to say slaves were
happy and well cared for. Well, tell that to the
hundred thousand of them who risked everything to escape through the Underground Railroad. Now, I know what you’re thinking. How did they dig all those
underground train tunnels with nobody noticing? [Daughter] Yeah! [Kevin] It’s a metaphor. There wasn’t really a
railroad under the ground. It was a network of secret
routes and safe houses formed in the early 1800s by abolitionists and other escaped slaves. Like, like the great Harriet Tubman, who made thirteen trips to the South to personally free over seventy people. These brave souls gave biblical names to landmarks along the way. The Ohio River was known
as the River Jordan, and Canada was the Promised Land. Yep, tens of thousands of slaves settled in the great white north. Which explains great black
folks like Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL. And Drake. (drum beats) But not all slaves used
the Underground Railroad. Some went to incredible and
genius lengths to escape. Like Henry Brown. Henry’s wife and daughter were
sold to another slave owner and he never saw them again. But it turned that heartbreak
into determination to be free by any means necessary. (western music) (crate thuds on the ground) All right, 155 pounds of
cigars, bound for Philadelphia. Toss those in the wagon. Well, I could use a little help, sir? (chuckles) (laughs) That’s funny (laughing) (horses whinny) (grunts and breathes heavily) There we go. (uplifting music, horse whinnies) Soon those cigars will be free. What, why? Something wrong with them? Oh, no no no, they’re great cigars, Then why would they be free? No, you’ve still gotta pay for them. That’s not free? What is this? Some sort of scam? Forget it. (guitar twangs) [Kevin] Brown had help from a sympathetic white
shoemaker named Samuel Smith. [Brown] (from inside
crate) Thank you again! You’re welcome. (hammers) Hey! You know I’m in here, right? (western music) All right, two hundred
and thirty…eight pounds bound for Philadelphia. It’s fine china, very fragile. Sir, this is the U.S. Postal Service, the finest postal service in the world. I guarantee we will take the utmost care with your package. (western music) (crate slams into pole, men grunt) Would you watch it,
doofus? Let me steer it! (crate bumps into pole) That was me, sorry. (men grunt, crate slams into pole) Oof, come on! Move it! [Kevin] While he was in the box, Henry wrote down his
thoughts in a journal. (crate clatters) After twenty-six grueling hours, the crate made it to Philadelphia. Henry made it to a group of abolitionists, and when he stepped out of the box, his first words were, “How do you do, gentlemen?” (laughs) “I made it!” I’m finally here. (uplifting music) Dang, that’s pretty slick. I mean, it was okay. I coulda beat it. Oh, really? Are you kidding? I woulda popped off a quick joke that would have blew Henry’s right out the box. Like, for instance, if I’d have said, “Someone gonna sign for this?” (group laughs) “Cause I’m thinking outside of the box.” (group laughs) “It is great to be here, y’all!” (group laughs) “Now, who kicked me down the stairs?” (group laughs) “No, seriously? Who did it?” “Cause they need to die. Tonight.” (group laughs) “I am killin!” (group laughs) I prefer Henry’s line. He has a certain understated elegance. What? Come on. Those
abolitionists were dying in that fake reenactment. I know what I like. Well, anyway, Henry’s plan worked, okay? He was a free man and when word got out, you can imagine what happened. Henry “Box” Brown was the
OG crate escape artist. That’s why we’re talking about him and not Otis “Envelope” Evans. (envelope rips) (western music) (upbeat music)

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