Wilma Morrison 'fought passionately' for the preservation of black history in Canada
Wilma Morrison died on April 23 due to COVID-19
Ayodele Adewumi's friend, Wilma Morrison — the St. Catharines woman he describes as a modern day Harriet Tubman — died on April 23, due to complications from COVID-19.
She was 91-years-old.
Adewumi says "she was a mentor. She was a teacher and she was a great historian," but as a Canadian, he says "growing up as a black person in Canada. She never really felt quite accepted."
Adewumi directed Wilma, a 2016 film about Morrison and her work as "a selfless woman who fought passionately for the preservation of black history in Canada."
The film told the story of her experiences growing in Ontario and the discrimination she faced because of the colour of her skin and because of her gender. The film looks at her fight to save the historic British Methodist Episcopal church on Peter Street in Niagara Falls.
Adewumi says Morrison "single handedly" made sure the church was designated as a national heritage site "because the church is the only evidence of black people being around here for over 200 years."