Published: Sat, March 10, 2018

Officials set to unveil new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

Officials set to unveil new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

The Bank of Canada has hidden a digital Easter egg in its website celebrating the new $10 bill featuring civil rights activist Viola Desmond, unveiled Thursday in Halifax.

The purple polymer bill is the first vertically oriented bank note issued in Canada.

Desmond will be the first black person and first woman unroyal blood, - which will appear on the constantly circulating canadian banknote.

Desmond is best known for protesting a segregated Nova Scotia movie theatre in 1946 by refusing to give up her seat in a whites-only section.

The bill, which also features an eagle feather and an excerpt from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was met by a standing ovation. 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 new $10 bill will enter circulation in late 2018. Desmond, a beautician and entrepreneur, selling her own line of cosmetics, heading to Sydney, Nova Scotia when her vehicle broke down.

HRM also named a harbour ferry in honour of Desmond, unveiling back in June 2016.

"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.

"We know more about Rosa Parks than Viola Desmond", he said.

For background, in November 1946, Desmond was waiting for her auto to be repaired after traveling to New Glasgow.

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

It was divided along racial lines: blacks, the audience had to sit on the balcony, while the entire first floor set aside for whites.

She remained there until police arrived. "She's not leading the movement because he was ahead of his time".

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

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