Henson, Reverend Josiah National Historic Person

Dresden, Ontario
Portrait of Reverend Josiah Henson © None; Source: Wikipedia
Portrait of Reverend Josiah Henson
© None; Source: Wikipedia
Portrait of Reverend Josiah Henson © None; Source: WikipediaHenson, Reverend Josiah © Parks Canada
Address : Dresden, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1995-11-24
Life Date: 1789 to 1883

Other Name(s):
  • Henson, Reverend Josiah  (Designation Name)

Importance: Community leader, Underground Railroad conductor, famous Black Canadian by virtue of his association with the main character in "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque:  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.