During the tour, participants encountered these four women through a series of dramatizations:
Jean Lumb – An activist and owner of a Chinese restaurant who helped break down barriers for the Chinese community in Toronto.
Performed by Stephanie Jung, Written by Marjorie Chan
Cecelia Reynolds – joined the African-American community in Toronto after escaping slavery and initiated a longstanding correspondence with her former enslaver in order to obtain freedom for her mother and brother.
Performed by Akosua Amo-Adem, Written by Audrey Dwyer
Annie Whelan – an Irish immigrant who became a bootlegger in order to support her family.
Performed by Elizabeth Whitbread, Written by Ali Joy Richardson
Elizabeth Neufeld – a Jewish American social worker who established, Central Neighbourhood House, the first settlement agency in Toronto.
Performed and written by Coleen MacPherson
John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist. He writes about urban affairs, business and politics for various media, including Spacing Magazine, The Globe and Mail and Walrus.
Tatum Taylor is a writer, heritage planner, and Texan transplant, currently based in Toronto. She holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University. She has co-edited three anthologies on Toronto’s history for Coach House Books, including The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood and, Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer. Both were shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award; and The Ward won the Heritage Toronto Book Award. Her most recent co-edited work is The Ward Uncovered: The Archaeology of Everyday Life.
Photography and video will be taken at this event.
Women of the Ward Walking Tour
26 May 2019
Church of the Holy Trinity
19 Trinity Square,
Toronto, ON M5G 1B1