Viola Desmond Ten Dollar Bill Released Today

A 10-dollar bill officially goes into circulation today, featuring Nova Scotia civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond. It will be the first regularly-circulating banknote to ever feature a Canadian woman. Desmond was recognized after she was arrested in 1946 after refusing to leave the whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre. If you are unfamiliar with her story; it was the subject of a Heritage Minutes video.

 

Heritage Minutes: Viola Desmond

By: Historica Canada

From: Youtube

 

Desmond’s sister, 91-year-old Wanda Robson, will attend a special ceremony at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg and will be the first to make a purchase with the new bill.

 

Image from Historica Canada on Youtube.

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