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Wellington County Historical Society: “A Stolen Life – Searching for Richard Pierpoint” with author Peter Meyler

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. — Author Peter Meyler talks about Richard Pierpoint’s life, from early years in slavery to soldier, freedom and building a black community.

Presentation via Zoom. Register for “A Stolen Life – Searching for Richard Pierpoint” with author Peter Meyler

Richard Pierpoint was a loyalist, soldier, community leader, social justice advocate, and storyteller. As a leader in the early Black Canadian Community, Pierpoint fought and petitioned for causes important to himself, his community and to Canada as a whole. Peter Meyler will reveal Pierpoint’s legacy as a man taken from his home and enslaved as a teenager, who fought for his freedom in two wars and worked to build a Black Community amid prejudice and discrimination.

Peter Meyler is the co-author of A Stolen Life: Searching for Richard Pierpoint. In 2001, Peter edited a reissue of an 1889 book, Broken Shackles: Old Man Hanson From Slavery to Freedom, one of the very few books that documented the journey to Canada from the perspective of a person of African descent. He contributed his research on early Black Canadian pioneer John Daddy Hall as part of a 4-part TV mini-series, BLK: An Origin Story, which aired in February 2022 on History Canada. Peter has written numerous articles about Ontario’s black history, which have appeared in such publications as The Beaver, the Toronto Star, Share and Families.