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Canada Replaces First Canadian PM On Ten Dollar Bill
10 March 2018, 01:38 | Lowell Little
Viola Desmond takes her place as Canadian civil rights icon with new $10 bill
The Canadian PressMar. 8 2018 7:30
The Bank of Canada hid a digital easter-egg in its website displaying the new $10 bill, which was revealed on Thursday in Halifax and features Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond.
Desmond is the first black person - and the first non-royal woman - on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note. She appeared along with three men.
"As I said, the ultimate goal of our communications campaign is to drive different communities of interest to the core Viola Desmond/rights and social justice story - a serious and important theme", wrote Harrison.
Following remarks by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, her surviving sister Wanda Robson stole the show. Canadians will be reminded of how Viola stood up for her rights.
For background, in November 1946, Desmond was waiting for her vehicle to be repaired after traveling to New Glasgow.
The civil rights activist was convicted of defrauding the province of a one-penny tax, the difference in tax between a downstairs and upstairs ticket, even though Desmond had asked to pay the difference. "It's attractive", she told an audience in Halifax.
That's what makes the new $10 bill such a powerful act of acceptance, Grosse said. Eventually, she opened up her own school named The Desmond School of Beauty Culture so that future beauticians would not face the same fate she once had faced.
Desmond is often described as Canada's Rosa Parks, even though Desmond's act of defiance happened nine years before Parks refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus. She was buried at Camp Hill Cemetary in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Looking to kill time while her auto was being repaired, she stopped by a local movie theatre.
Desmond, 32, was dragged out of the theatre by police and jailed for defiantly sitting in the "whites only" section of a film house. She died in 1965, but received Canada's first-ever posthumous apology and pardon in 2010. And when I say suffered, I don't mean that you just couldn't do anything anymore. "Our family will go down in history - in history, imagine that".
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