Rev. Josiah Henson’s early years were spent as a slave on a 260-acre plantation in what is now North Bethesda, Md. He escaped to Canada as an adult and in 1849 wrote a widely-read autobiography about his life as a slave. Henson’s personal story became the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1853 best-selling novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which fueled the abolitionist movement in the North.
Structure found in Md. may be linked to man who inspired ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ Archaeologists have discovered what they think are remains of a barn or blacksmith workshop in North Bethesda that could date to the days of Josiah Henson,... Read Post
As United States Colored Troops (USCT) regiments entered southern states, they had the opportunity on numerous occasions to liberate slaves. After one USCT regiment liberated slaves from a plantation in North Carolina, an editorial ... Read Post