Civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond is first woman on Canadian currency

Officials set to unveil new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

A new bill on the introduction of vertical banknote $10 with a picture of Desmond, was presented on the afternoon of 8 March the Minister of Finance of Canada bill Morneau and the Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz at the library Halifax Central Library.

On Thursday, Desmond's sister Wanda Robson, now in her 90s, was on hand to unveil Canada's first banknote featuring a black person.

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

The segregated theatre relegated black patrons to the balcony, while floor seating was reserved for whites.

The incident that would propel her into Canada's history books took place in 1946 after her auto broke down in New Glasgow, some 100 miles north-east of Halifax, while on a business trip.

Viola Desmond's name may not ring bells here in the states but for our neighbors to the North, she's a prominent part of Canada's civil rights history. Desmond, a beautician and entrepreneur, selling her own line of cosmetics, heading to Sydney, Nova Scotia when her auto broke down. "It's beyond what I ever thought".

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Wanda Robson, seeing her sister's $10 bill for the first time, gasped, remarking that the artist beautifully captured every detail of her sister, saying, "It's as if she's in this room".

"I have a daughter who's eight, and she'll be able to look at a bank note and see a woman who reflects her, an African Nova Scotian woman who stood up for her rights and now is being commemorated on a bank note", he said. "She's just one of many of us who have suffered". Desmond was dragged out of the theatre and arrested, ultimately spending 12 hours in jail.

Desmond died in 1965 and Nova Scotia issued a posthumous apology and pardon in 2010.

Looking to kill time while her vehicle was being repaired, she stopped by a local movie theatre.

Apart from being an activist, Desmond was also a beautician and developed her own line of beauty products, Vi's Beauty Products.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for that", she said on Thursday.

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