New 10-dollar bill featuring civil rights icon Viola Desmond unveiled
The design for a new ten-dollar bill featuring civil rights leader Viola Desmond was unveiled yesterday on international Women's Day by Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
Morneau was joined at the Halifax Central Library by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Desmond's sister Wanda.
The purple polymer bill is the first vertically oriented bank note issued in Canada, includes a portrait of Desmond and a historic map of north end Halifax on one side and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg on the other.
In 1946, Desmond challenged racial segregation by sitting in a whites-only section of a theatre in New Glasgow.