Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Officials set to unveil new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

Officials set to unveil new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

The new C$10 ($7.72) bill featuring Viola Desmond was presented Thursday in Nova Scotia, the province that jailed her in 1946 for sitting outside a movie theater zone that was segregated for black people.

The purple polymer bill is the first vertically oriented bank note issued in Canada. Now, 72 years later, Desmond has become the first Black person and the first non-royal woman to be on a regularly-circulated Canada bill.

The bill notes the importance of refusing to leave Desmond November 8, 1946 designated for whites only in one of the cinemas Nova Scotia nearly ten years before Rosa parks refused to leave her place in segregated along racial lines bus in Alabama.

Speaking at a ceremony in Halifax, Desmond's sister Wanda Robson told the crowd she was delighted to see her sister on Canadian currency.

She then launched the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forth by a black woman in Canada.

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The back of the $10 bank note features the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

In addition, the law stresses the importance of its role in the civil rights movement in Canada. Yes, several countries have made it happen: Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, and the Philippines all have at least one banknote featuring a woman who has defined its history.

The story of Desmond by and large was unknown for half a century, but in recent years the image of this courageous woman appeared on a stamp, and her name is ferry in Halifax harbour. "That's been a goal of mine since I became governor". "She's just one of many of us who have suffered".

Canada joins Switzerland and Bermuda among nations with vertical notes, central bank spokeswoman Rebecca Ryall said.

That's what makes the new $10 bill such a powerful act of acceptance, Grosse said.

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