The Prime Minister of Great Britain threw him a surprise banquet.
Earl Grey offered him a job.
The Archbishop of Canterbury wept after hearing his story.
President Rutherford B. Hayes entertained him at the White House.
Queen Victoria invited him to Windsor Castle.
He won a medal at the first World’s Fair in London.
He was the first African American to appear on a Canadian stamp.
He was a Methodist Episcopal elder with a 300-mile district under his care.
He rescued 118 slaves, including his brother.
He helped build a 500-person freeman settlement, called Dawn, which was known as one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad.
Inspired by his story, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a novel that helped spark the Civil War and led to the Emancipation Proclamation.
But before all that, Josiah Henson was a slave for 42 years...
Josiah: The Documentary
Including interviews with leading experts and Henson descendents, Josiah is a 39-minute documentary that traces Josiah Henson’s harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada. Complete with a free teaching guide for classrooms, advocacy groups, and screenings of all sizes, Josiah is an unmissable documentary about one of history’s greatest lost figures.
Josiah Henson Foundation
Jared A. Brock
Jared A. Brock is cofounder of Hope for the Sold, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating exploitation, and author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, Bearded Gospel Men, and The Road to Dawn. He’s happily married to his best friend, Michelle, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and Writer’s Digest. Brock runs a documentary production company, is the director of Over 18, Red Light Green Light, and Josiah, and has been interviewed on TODAY.com, 100 Huntley Street, and The 700 Club. Upon discovering Josiah’s cabin just a few hours from his home in Ontario, Brock set off on a 3,000-mile journey to re-trace Josiah’s journey from slavery to freedom.