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Henson, Josiah

Born: 1789 AD
Died: 1883 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Commoner, Farmer, Slave

1789 – Josiah Henson, born on the 15th of June into slavery in Charles County, Maryland.

1830 – He escaped to Ontario, Canada, and founded a settlement and laborer’s school for other fugitive slaves at Dawn, near Dresden in Kent County.

1834 – He first worked farms near Fort Erie, then Waterloo, moving with friends to Colchester to set up a Black settlement on rented land.

1837 – He also served in the Canadian army as a militiary officer, having led a Black militia unit in the Rebellion.

1883 – Died on the 5th of May.

1999 – He is the first black person to be featured on a Canadian stamp. He was also recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as a National Historic Person.