So, continuing with Black History Month in Canada, let me introduce you to Josiah Henson.
Henson was born a slave on June 15, 1789, in Charles County, Maryland. He was sold three times before he reached the age of eighteen. By 1830, Henson had saved $350 to buy his freedom. After giving his master the money he was told that the price had increased to $1,000!
Henson decided to escape with his wife and four children after being cheated of his money. Once in Canada, he formed a community where he taught other ex-slaves how to be successful farmers. American abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe read his autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson (1849), which inspired her powerful and controversial novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Henson died on May 5, 1883, at the age of 93, in Dresden, Ontario.
To read “Uncle Tom’s Story of His Life. An Autobiography,” I will send you to Documenting the American South where the entire book is available to read at your leisure!