Fun Fact: Did You Know that Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin Came From a Slave in Montgomery County?

Question: Did you know that inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin came from a slave in Montgomery County?

stoweIt’s true! Montgomery County was important in the abolitionist movement, with slave Josiah Henson, who wrote about his experiences in a memoir which became the basis for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852). Josiah, the inspiration for the character “Uncle Tom,” was a slave in the county and a slave cabin where he is believed to have spent time still stands at the end of a driveway off Old Georgetown Road.

montgomerySource: Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

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