Henson, Josiah

Life Span
to
Full name
Josiah Henson
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
Black
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Slave State
No. of Spouses
2
Occupation
Clergy
Relation to Slavery
Slave or Former Slave

Josiah Henson (American National Biography)

Scholarship
Henson's life story is that of a daring early leader of slaves and escaped slaves, a man of high moral principles who endured great suffering. Although the British American Institute was small and unsuccessful, Henson's work as an ambassador to England for African Americans did much for their perception overseas. His greatest achievement was the example he offered of a man born into slavery, illiterate and handicapped by vicious physical abuse, who gained his freedom, learned to read, and became a preacher and a leader of a community of escaped slaves.
Elizabeth Zoe Vicary, "Henson, Josiah," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/15/15-00325.html.
Chicago Style Entry Link
Tanser, H. A. "Josiah Henson, the Moses of His People." Journal of Negro Education 12, no. 4 (Autumn 1943): 630-632. view record
How to Cite This Page: "Henson, Josiah," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, https://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/5875.