DRESDEN, ON, May 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Explore the unique heritage of Ontario's Black community in this hands-on workshop. Learn about the history and archaeology of Dresden's historic Black cemeteries and conserve the grave markers associated with Reverend Josiah Henson and the Dawn Settlement residents.
Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site is located in Dresden, approximately three hours west of Toronto. Owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust, the site commemorates the life of Josiah Henson, a former slave, who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad. Henson rose to international fame after Harriet Beecher Stowe acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Settling in southwestern Ontario, Henson worked to improve life for the Black community and helped to establish the Dawn Settlement. He would go on to become an internationally recognized abolitionist, preacher and conductor on the Underground Railroad.
This workshop is presented as part of MyOntario – A vision over time, a year-long program of events, exhibits and activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Join the conversation at heritagetrust.on.ca/myontario and share the places, stories, memories, photos, artifacts, artworks and traditions that inspire you!
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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust
For further information: Steven Cook, Site Manager, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site, Telephone: 519-683-2978, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, heritagetrust.on.ca/utchs