Sun. February 24, 1:00 pm
For African Canadians, the American invasions of Upper Canada during the War of 1812 posed a dangerous threat to their lives and freedoms. In response, African Canadians, despite representing a small minority of the population, played an active part in the defence of the province. African Canadians contributed to the defence of the province in a variety of roles throughout the war. This presentation will seek to place their service in its military and historical contexts, and explore the roles of African Canadians in some of the key events of the War of 1812 in Upper Canada.
Gareth Newfield is a former historian and researcher with Parks Canada and the Canadian War Museum. A specialist in colonial era Canadian military history, he has written a number of articles and publications on the War of 1812. One of his particular focuses has been the Coloured Corps, the only segregated unit of African Canadians to serve in the defence of Upper Canada during the war.
FREE with regular admission to Fort York