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Childhood home of ‘Uncle Tom’ receives national recognition

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.
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