B&O Railroad Museum Hosting Food Tasting Centered Around Henry “Box” Brown’s Culinary Journey

B&O Railroad Museum   
Justice Gray, Social Media Manager 
901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223   


BALTIMORE, MD – October 18, 2022 – To coincide with the B&O Railroad Museum’s new, permanent exhibition, The Underground Railroad: Freedom Seekers on the B&O Railroad, the Museum is hosting a talk and food tasting centered around the culinary journey of Henry “Box” Brown on Saturday, October 22, from 1 – 3 PM. Guests will have the opportunity to taste ‘short’ biscuits, the biscuits Henry ‘Box’ Brown ate, and ‘Freedom Cakes’. Come learn the history of the Underground Railroad through food.  

The culinary experience, From Biscuits to Freedom Cake: The Culinary Journey of Henry “Box” Brown, comes as the first in a line of monthly programming for the new exhibition – which examines the role of the physical railroad in the journeys of 27 individuals who sought freedom from slavery. Brown’s story, one of the most well-known, is depicted in the exhibition as part of an immersive, 180-degree projection that tells the story of how he escaped to freedom by shipping himself in a box that he hid inside for 27 hours from Virginia to Philadelphia. 

Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History and Museum Studies Area Coordinator at Towson University, will be leading the discussion and food tasting. Siegel received her PhD in Art History from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and is currently completing the manuscript Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic. 

Visitors are encouraged to attend and participate in the event, as the experience comes included in the price of regular admission, pre-registration is requested. The B&O Railroad Museum also offers free on-site parking for all guests.  

For more information, visit https://borail.events/biscuits-to-freedomcake 

About the B&O Railroad Museum   

The B&O Railroad Museum, the birthplace of American railroading, located in Baltimore, Maryland is a full affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site. It is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture, and economy. The museum is home to the oldest, most comprehensive collection of railroad artifacts in the Western Hemisphere including an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment, the 1851 Mt. Clare Station, the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse and first mile of commercial railroad track in America. In 2019, the museum welcomed guests from all 50 states and 40 countries. For further information on the B&O Railroad Museum, please call 410-752-2490 or visit borail.org. 

Knoxville, TN

We did the train ride and our guide on board was excellent (history/information for the parents).

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