Students learn the value of freedom


Rory Rennick, of Columbus, left to right, lets Anna eighth-grade teacher John Bruce, of Anna, get a taste of what it was like for former slave Henry Brown to escape his slave master in 1849 by shipping himself from Richmond, Va., to Philadelphia, Pa., which was a free state. Bruce shut in the box elicited a round of laughter from his Anna students. Watching is Rennick’s wife Angela Rennick, of Columbus, who takes part in Rennick’s performances as the character of Henry Brown. The performance/lesson was part of Civil War Day, hosted by the Shelby County Historical Society, at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Friday, May 5. Middle school students from around Shelby County came to learn about life in the U.S. around the time of the Civil War. Henry Brown was in the box for 27 hours. After gaining his freedom he spoke at abolitionist event. Then after men tried twice to abduct him he moved to England where he continued to speak and also did magic tricks.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Rory Rennick, of Columbus, left to right, lets Anna eighth-grade teacher John Bruce, of Anna, get a taste of what it was like for former slave Henry Brown to escape his slave master in 1849 by shipping himself from Richmond, Va., to Philadelphia, Pa., which was a free state. Bruce shut in the box elicited a round of laughter from his Anna students. Watching is Rennick’s wife Angela Rennick, of Columbus, who takes part in Rennick’s performances as the character of Henry Brown. The performance/lesson was part of Civil War Day, hosted by the Shelby County Historical Society, at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Friday, May 5. Middle school students from around Shelby County came to learn about life in the U.S. around the time of the Civil War. Henry Brown was in the box for 27 hours. After gaining his freedom he spoke at abolitionist event. Then after men tried twice to abduct him he moved to England where he continued to speak and also did magic tricks.

Rory Rennick, of Columbus, left to right, lets Anna eighth-grade teacher John Bruce, of Anna, get a taste of what it was like for former slave Henry Brown to escape his slave master in 1849 by shipping himself from Richmond, Va., to Philadelphia, Pa., which was a free state. Bruce shut in the box elicited a round of laughter from his Anna students. Watching is Rennick’s wife Angela Rennick, of Columbus, who takes part in Rennick’s performances as the character of Henry Brown. The performance/lesson was part of Civil War Day, hosted by the Shelby County Historical Society, at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Friday, May 5. Middle school students from around Shelby County came to learn about life in the U.S. around the time of the Civil War. Henry Brown was in the box for 27 hours. After gaining his freedom he spoke at abolitionist event. Then after men tried twice to abduct him he moved to England where he continued to speak and also did magic tricks.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/05/web1_SDN050617CivilWarDay.jpgRory Rennick, of Columbus, left to right, lets Anna eighth-grade teacher John Bruce, of Anna, get a taste of what it was like for former slave Henry Brown to escape his slave master in 1849 by shipping himself from Richmond, Va., to Philadelphia, Pa., which was a free state. Bruce shut in the box elicited a round of laughter from his Anna students. Watching is Rennick’s wife Angela Rennick, of Columbus, who takes part in Rennick’s performances as the character of Henry Brown. The performance/lesson was part of Civil War Day, hosted by the Shelby County Historical Society, at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Friday, May 5. Middle school students from around Shelby County came to learn about life in the U.S. around the time of the Civil War. Henry Brown was in the box for 27 hours. After gaining his freedom he spoke at abolitionist event. Then after men tried twice to abduct him he moved to England where he continued to speak and also did magic tricks. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News