Book & Film Event - The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War


Book Tour & Film Event: The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War
by Jared Brock

The Road to Dawn tells the improbable story of Josiah Henson who overcame incredible odds to escape from slavery and improve the lives of hundreds of freedmen throughout his long life. 

In the first major biography of Josiah Henson ever written, The Road to Dawn chronicles Henson's forty-two years spent in bondage and his eventual escape with his wife and four young children, carrying the youngest two on his broken shoulders for 600 miles, eventually settling with his family as a free man across the border in Canada. Once there, Henson rescued 118 more slaves, including his own brother, and purchased land to build what would become one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, a 500-person freeman settlement called Dawn. Author and film director Jared Brock will screen the short documentary Josiah (39 minutes) followed by a book talk on this Maryland freedom fighter. 
A book signing will follow.
Endorsements for Road to Dawn

“Jared Brock's biography of Josiah Henson is a laudable attempt to piece together the story of a man nearly lost to history and broken by slavery. The Road to Dawn is sure to become required reading in the archives of African American history.”

—Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture


“Finally, a biography worthy of the man. The Road to Dawn elevates Josiah Henson to his rightful place among important international liberators and frees him from the grip of ‘Uncle Tom.’ Black history, when properly told will transform your life and your thinking."

—Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, PhD author of Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad


"The Road to Dawn is a deeply moving and inspirational biography of a little-known Underground Railroad hero. Jared Brock does a fabulous job of bringing Josiah Henson to life. A must-read for everyone."

—Janice Wilson, Charles County NAACP President



Date and Time
Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 pm
Contact Information
For more information call 443-263-1800
Included with museum admission