Josiah Henson

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Josiah Henson (1789-1883), Author and Spiritual Leader

The originally enslaved American was one of the first Blacks to escape to Canada in 1830. Once he settled in Upper Canada (i.e. Ontario), Josiah Henson founded the Dawn Settlement near Dresden, for other Americans fugitives of enslavement. The Dawn settlement was a Black settlement for fugitive slaves. The Henson family’s escape to Canada was part of a movement known as the Underground Railroad. This is where enslaved African-Americans travelled by train in order to secretly flee slave states to settle into free states or to Canada. Henson’s 1849 memoir, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself, may have been the inspiration for Harriett Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He spent the remainder of his life as a church minister and a farmer, and an ally to refugees who were once enslaved.