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William King (1812-1895)

William King

Photos by the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum (edited by Wayne Adam) - Posted April, 2012

William King

Plaque Location

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent
On the northwest corner of Road 6 and Road 8

Coordinates: N 42 16.459 W 82 10.950


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Plaque Text (transcribed by contributor Wayne Adam)

As an abolitionist who had owned slaves in the United States, Reverend William King made a unique contribution to the anti-slavery movement in British North America. His religious beliefs and humanitarian ideals inspired King in 1849 to found the Elgin Settlement, which grew to be the most successful planned community for African American refugees in Canada. A tireless leader, he worked to break down racial barriers by building links between this settlement and surrounding communities. King's work brought him both national and international acclaim, and focused attention on the fight to end slavery.

Another plaque at this location
The Buxton Settlement 1849

Related Ontario plaques
The Buxton Settlement
The Dawn Settlement
Josiah Henson (1789-1883)


Black History

Chatham-Kent Plaques

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