Wickman, Morris.


k-Wickman, Morris Henry b. September 2, 1902, Holly Hill, Orangeburg, South Carolina; African American; Father Henry Wickman (1858-?), Mother Luna (Lula) Wickman (1875-?), ten siblings; Party Functionary; CP; Received Passport# 370524 on March 1, 1937 which listed his address as 321 St. Nicholas Avenue, NYC (Philadelphia, PA); 36 yrs old; Sailed March 10, 1937 aboard the Washington; Served in the XV BDE, Washington BN, Co. 2, Commissar; KIA July 19, 1937, in hospital, Brunete.
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; Washington; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1013, ll. 3 (fiche); African Americans; L-W Tree Ancestry; “Penna Soldiers Are Enroute From Spain.” Standard-Sentinel (Hazleton, PA), December 8, 1938, p. 4. 1013 Code A
Biography: Morris Henry Wickman worked as a seaman and a longshoreman. He joined the Communist Party in 1930, became a prominent leader in Philadelphia, and served as the Secretary of the International Labor Defense for the Eastern Pennsylvania District. Wickman left for Europe aboard the Washington on March 10, 1937. In Spain, Wickman served as Political Commissar in the George Washington Battalion. On July 19, 1937, during the Brunete Offensive, Wickman was wounded during an attack by Nationalist aircraft and had to be evacuated to a hospital in the rear where he died. - Chris Brooks