Henson, Reverend Josiah National Historic Person
Josiah Henson, design by Tony Kew
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29251 Uncle Tom's Road, Dresden, Ontario
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
1789 to 1883
Reverend Josiah Henson
Community leader, Underground Railroad conductor
Existing plaque: 29251 Uncle Tom's Road, Dresden, Ontario
After escaping to Upper Canada from slavery in Kentucky, the Reverend Josiah Henson became a conductor of the Underground Railroad and a force in the abolition movement. The founder of the Black settlement of Dawn, he was also an entrepreneur and established a school, the British-American Institute. His fame grew after Harriet Beecher Stowe stated that his memoirs published in 1849 had provided "conceptions and incidents" for her extraordinarily popular novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Henson's celebrity raised international awareness of Canada as a haven for refugees from slavery.