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Josiah Henson

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Josiah Henson was born into slavery in Charles County, Maryland. He escaped to Ontario, Canada in 1830, and founded a settlement and laborer's school for other fugitive slaves at Dawn, near Dresden in Kent County. At the time of his arrival, Ontario was known as the Province of Upper Canada , becoming the Province of Canada in 1841, then Ontario in 1867, all within Henson's lifetime there. Henson's autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself , is widely believed to have inspired the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin . Following the success of Stowe's novel, Henson issued an expanded version of his life story in 1858 titled, Truth Stranger Than Fiction. Father Henson's Story of His Own Life . Interest in his life continued, and nearly two decades later, his life story was updated and published under the title Uncle Tom’s Story of His Life: An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah Henson from 1789 to 1876, with a preface by Mrs Harriet Beecher Stowe and an introductory note by George Sturge and S. Morley Esq. MP. Henson later died at the age of 94 in Dresden, Ontario, May 5, 1883.



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