The Dawn Settlement - Ontario Heritage Trust


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 Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, west of Highway 21, Dresden

Region: Southwestern Ontario

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

Municipality: Municipality of Chatham-Kent