The Dawn Settlement

Born enslaved in Maryland, Josiah Henson (1789-1883) escaped to Upper Canada at the age of 41. In 1841, with a group of abolitionists, he established the Dawn Settlement for fugitive slaves. Even after the abolition of slavery, Henson remained in Canada.


At the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History, west of Highway 21, Dresden

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: Municipality of Chatham-Kent (District)

Municipality: Municipality of Chatham-Kent