The Story of Rev. William King and the Buxton Mission

The story of William King is a fascinating one, full of compassion, heart-ache, dedication and struggle.

In 1849, he founded a settlement for fugitive slaves fleeing the United States for freedom in Canada. Over the next decade approximately 1,000 individuals travelled the Underground Railroad to Buxton, finding freedom and the chance at a new life in the settlement.

Very few Ontarians, let alone Canadians, know of or have ever heard of his life and service, and sadly, neither do many Presbyterians.

But history is not just about remembering; it is also about learning. The following exhibit will introduce his story to you and, hopefully, encourage you to learn more about this interesting man.

Copyright held by The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives, 2009

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