Montrose Parkway, which parallels Montrose Road, in Montgomery County, Maryland is now named for famed abolitionist and Methodist preacher Josiah Henson. The parkway runs through the northern part of the former plantation where Henson escaped slavery. Additionally, The Josiah Henson Museum and Park is just south of the parkway.
The formerly enslaved Henson escaped to Canada in 1830. Henson’s 1849 autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s popular 1852 novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” credited with building support for the anti-slavery movement that led to the American Civil War. Historians also credit Henson for leading 118 other Africans out of enslavement to Canada as part of the Underground Railroad.