Ontario's Historical Plaques 

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The "Colored Corps" 1812-1815

The 'Colored Corps' 1812-1815

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

The 'Colored Corps' 1812-1815

Photo from Google Street View ©2016 Google - Posted July, 2016

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
At Brock's Monument on Queenston Heights

Coordinates: N 43 09.613 W 79 03.168


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Plaque Text

When the War of 1812 began, people of African descent in the Niagara peninsular feared an American invasion. They were anxious to preserve their freedom and prove their loyalty to Britain. Many joined the militia; others offered to raise their own militia company. Authorities responded by forming a "Colored Corps" of about thirty men commanded by white officers. Based in the Niagara region throughout the war, it fought at Queenston Heights in October 1812 and at the siege of Fort George in May 1813. The corps was disbanded soon after the peace, but had nonetheless set a precedent. Black units were a feature of the Canadian military until the First World War.

Other plaques at Brock's Monument
The Battle of Queenston Heights
Sir Isaac Brock (1769-1812)
Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe 1763-1851

Related Ontario plaque
Fort George


War of 1812

Black History

Niagara-on-the-Lake Plaques

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