Near Dresden in Chatham-Kent Division, Ontario — Central Canada
The Dawn Settlement
La Colonie de Dawn
Erected by Ontario Heritage Trust.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 42° 35.09′ N, 82° 11.77′ W. Marker is near Dresden, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent Division. Marker is at the intersection of Uncle Tom's Road and Park Street, on the right when traveling west on Uncle Tom's Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29252 Uncle Tom's Road, Dresden, Ontario N0P 1M0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harris House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Spirituality and Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Henson House (about 90 meters away, measured Josiah Henson (about 90 meters away); The Founding of Dresden (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Burning of British Ships / American Encampment (approx. 16.7 kilometers away); The Legend of the Paw Paw (approx. 16.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dresden.
Also see . . . Dresden /The Dawn Settlement - Black History Canada. Upon entering Canada, (Josiah Henson) was able to establish a settlement, with the support of anti-slavery workers that offered an industrial training school, which included a mill and a sawmill, for Black people. Henson was convinced that it was necessary to live apart from others and build up skill levels before trying to live in an integrated way. At one point as many as 500 people lived there. (Submitted on October 29, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.