Black History Month In Canada… Richard Pierpoint – by John Fioravanti

I have fallen behind in my goal to share as many of John Fioravanti’s Black History in Canada series as possible this month.  In part that is because I was hoping for a return of the missing ‘re-blog’ button, and in part it is simply because it is my nature to fall behind.  It isn’t that I am inept or inefficient, simply that I sometimes bite off more than I can chew.  But a look at the calendar shows me that Black History Month is winding down and will soon be over, so I want to share at least one of John’s fascinating posts today.  This one highlights Richard Pierpoint, a former African slave who fought in the Revolutionary War and later, at age 68, fought in the War of 1812.  His story is one of courage in the face of the evils of slavery and bigotry, of hard work and storytelling.  Please read about this persona from Canada’s Black History archives.  Thank you, John, for this post and permission to share with my friends.Text dividers

Richard Pierpoint – Former Slave, Loyalist, Soldier, Community Leader, and Storyteller

Richard Pierpoint (also Pawpine, Parepoint; Captain Pierpoint, Captain Dick; Black Dick), loyalist, soldier, community leader, storyteller (born c. 1744 in Bondu [now Senegal]; died c. 1838, near present-day Fergus, ON). Pierpoint was an early leader in Canada’s Black community. Taken from West Africa as a teenager and sold into slavery, Pierpoint regained his freedom during the American Revolution. He settled in Niagara, Upper Canada, and attempted to live communally with other Black Canadians. In the War of 1812, he petitioned for an all-Black unit to fight for the British and fought with the Coloured Corps.

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6 thoughts on “Black History Month In Canada… Richard Pierpoint – by John Fioravanti

    • Now that the button is back, it’s simple. Right next to the ‘like’ button, you should see a button that says ‘reblog’. If you click on that, it will give you a text box in which you can write a brief into to the post you are re-blogging. Then click on the reblog button by the text box, and the post will show on your blog, with the beginning of the original post, and a “read more” link to the original authors post. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any problems.

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    • After I spent a half-hour formatting this, cat & tagging, editing, and then posting, I received a notification that you had re-blogged my post! And I scratched my head and said, “now how the heck did he do that?” . And when I went and looked, sure enough, there was the ol’ re-blog button! I didn’t even look for it today, just assumed it wasn’t there! I smacked myself upside the head for that one! 😀 I am doing a happy dance, though!

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