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.
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