Dresden in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario — Central Canada
The Founding of Dresden
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board, Department of Public Records and Archives of Ontario.
Location. 42° 35.417′ N, 82° 10.764′ W. Marker is in Dresden, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and St. George Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Main Street, Dresden, Ontario N0P, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henson House (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Sawmill Spirituality and Community (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Harris House (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Josiah Henson (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); The Dawn Settlement (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Burning of British Ships / American Encampment (approx. 17 kilometers away); The Legend of the Paw Paw (approx. 17 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dresden.
Also see . . . Dresden, Ontario - Wikipedia. Hugh Burnett returned to his home town of Dresden, after serving his country in World War II. However, he was not served in some restaurants because he was black. So, in 1948, he and other African Canadians founded the National Unity Association. They collected 115 names on a petition to end discrimination. This resulted in a referendum in Dresden which asked “Do you approve of the council passing a bylaw licensing restaurants in Dresden and restraining the owner or owners from refusing service regardless of race, colour or creed?” 108 voted that restaurant owners should serve everyone. 517 voted (Submitted on October 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 391 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.