Reverend William King National Historic Person (1812-1895)

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Reverend William King National Historic Person
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Reverend William King was designated as a national historic person in 2005.

Historical importance: His efforts brought him international acclaim and focused attention on the Abolition Movement in British North America

Commemorative plaque: St. Andrew’s United Church, South Buxton, OntarioFootnote 1

Reverend William King

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.

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English plaque inscription

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