REDEEMING UNCLE TOM: THE JOSIAH HENSON STORY tells the story of Josiah Henson, the real-life inspiration for Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowes classic 1852 novel, which has been recognized as one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.Josiah Henson was born into slavery near Port Tobacco, Maryland around 1789. As a child, he was sold to Isaac Riley, who later appointed him superintendent of the farm at an unusually young age because of Henson's strength and intelligence. At age 22, he married... [see more] a slave woman and they had 12 children, four while enslaved. Riley entrusted Henson with exceptional responsibilities and permitted him to become a preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church. However, when Henson attempted to buy his freedom, Riley cheated him and made plans to sell him south. Fearing separation from his family, he fled north with his wife and children in the summer of 1830. After escaping through Ohio and New York, they eventually settled in Ontario, Canada.Henson later became a preacher and a leader in the Afro-Canadian community, and he repeatedly traveled back to the United States to help free other slaves. He helped start a freeman settlement, called Dawn, which was known as one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, and helped guide 118 other slaves to freedom. In addition, Henson founded the British American Institute in 1842, an Afro-Canadian community and industrial school intended as a refuge for escaped slaves. With actor Danny Glover voicing Josiah Henson in the film, REDEEMING UNCLE TOM: THE JOSIAH HENSON STORY not only illustrates what life was like for enslaved people in the 1800s, it also sheds light on a forgotten hero of the abolitionist movement.