Mel Crawford: Josiah Henson

Artist: Mel Crawford
1925 -
Nationality: Canadian
Artwork Year: 1983
Image Size: 11.875 by 14 inches
Overall Size: 14.875 by 17.125 inches
Medium: Oil on Cold Press Illustration Board

Born a slave near Port Tobacco, Maryland, Josiah Henson barely knew his father, who was taken from his family and sold while Josiah was very young. Later, he was also taken from his mother as a child and sold. As a youth, Josiah became a fervent Christian and in 1828, the Methodist Episcopal Church ordained him a preacher. By this time, he had a family of his own and had for many years supervised operations at his master's plantation. However, mounting evidence that he was to be sold away from his wife and children convinced Josiah that he must escape. Thus, he left his master's home, undertaking the 250-mile journey from Kentucky to Canada with his wife and four young children. The North Star shining brightly above was his only guide, nevertheless, on October 28, 1830 the family reached Canada and there Josiah resumed his preaching and acted as a leader to help other escaped slaves. In ensuing years, Josiah Henson became one of the co-founders of the Dawn Institute -- a cooperative settlement of about a hundred families of ex-slaves -- near Dresden, Ontario. In 1849, Josiah Henson met Harriet Beecher Stowe and the author was so touched by the former slave's life story, that she used him as a model for the character Uncle Tom in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Through her book, the story of Josiah Henson helped spark the Civil War.

This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Canada 32¢ Josiah Henson stamp issued September 16, 1983.

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