History of African-Americans in Maryland

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Josiah Henson 1789-1883

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Josiah Henson 1789-1883
Born in Charles County Maryland in 1789, Josiah Henson and his family were victims of slavery and it's cruelties. Henson was eventually separated from his father, mother and siblings who were sold. After living for years on a farm in Montgomery County, Maryland, Henson took advantage of his position as a trusted slave and helped other enslaved people escape through the "underground railroad" to Canada. In 1834, Henson settled in Kent County and after purchasing a 200 acre, farm he began to export black walnut lumber to the United States and Britain. A powerful and well known book based on his life story was written in the mid 1800's by Harriet B. Stowe called "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
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