Dresden in Chatham-Kent Division, Ontario — Central Canada
Spirituality and Community
Spiritualité et Communauté
Reverend Josiah Henson was most closely associated with the Dawn settlement’s British Methodist Episcopal (B.M.E.) Church in which he preached many of his sermons. That church was demolished in the 1940s due to safety concerns, although the organ was saved and is displayed inside this church.
The local church was one of the Black community’s most important institutions and served as a place of worship and a centre for meetings, educational purposes, recreational and social activities. Reverend Henson, along with other ministers and the church community, played an important role in preserving Black culture.
L’église locale était une des institutions les plus importantes de la communauté noire et servait de lieu de culte et de centre de réunions et d’activités éducatives, récréatives et socials. Le révérend Henson, de mêne que d’autres prêtres et la communauté religieuse, contribuèrent de façon notable à préserver la culture noire.
Erected by Ontario Heritage Trust.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 42° 35.122′ N, 82° 11.758′ W. Marker is in Dresden, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent Division. Marker can be reached from Uncle Tom's Road close to Park Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29251 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. Sawmill (a few steps from this marker); Henson House (a few steps from this marker); Harris House Josiah Henson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dawn Settlement (within shouting distance of this marker); The Founding of Dresden (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Burning of British Ships / American Encampment (approx. 16.8 kilometers away); The Legend of the Paw Paw (approx. 16.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dresden.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.