Federal building to be named for black soldier

On February 22, 2013, Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, officially announced that the Government of Canada building located at 451 Talbot Street, London, Ontario, will be named the Richard Pierpoint Building in recognition of the heroism of this intrepid Black Canadian soldier.

MP Truppe unveiled the plaque that will be on the building. This announcement was made on behalf of the Hon. Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women.

Richard Pierpoint was one of the heroes of the War of 1812, the Fight for Canada, who was highlighted by the Government of Canada during Black History Month 2012.

Pierpoint was a slave who won his freedom during the American Revolution and then settled in Canada. In 1812, he requested permission from Sir Isaac Brock to form an all black militia to help fight off the American invaders. The request was granted and thus, the “Coloured Corps” was formed.

Photo shows Rosemary Sadlier, President of the Ontario Black History Society and MP Susan Truppe with the Richard Pierpoint plaque.