Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian HistoryDigital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

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Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History

Josiah Henson, an African American who escaped plantation slavery in the United States via the Underground Railroad, purchased this property in 1841 and established the Dawn Settlement, a refuge for fugitives from slavery who escaped to Canada. Today, the site is a museum, owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. During Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site in the video below, or book a live, interactive virtual tour here. Explore Ontario’s Black heritage through this online resource. Watch this moving documentary on the life of Henson (narrated by Danny Glover and directed by Jared Brock). And explore the site digitally through a series of virtual tours found here.

Contact info

29251 Freedom Road
Dresden, Ontario


Year built: 1840s
Building type:Museum

Dates/hours open

Jul 18, 06:50pm - Jul 18, 06:50pm