Picking up where I left off yesterday, this is a model of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights. This is one of two national museums that are outside the National Capital Region. This one is in Winnipeg, while the other, the Canadian Museum of Immigration, is at Pier 21 in Halifax.
A panel around the corner goes into detail about Viola Desmond and the choice in 2016 to have her on the new currency. This includes a photograph of her surviving sister Wanda Robson with the former lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, the federal Finance Minister, and the Governor of the Bank of Canada at the unveiling of the new bill. The bill itself is shown at top left, both sides.
Her story shows itself in panels and artifacts. Viola Desmond owned a beauty and barber shop with her husband Jack in Halifax. The items here included one of her notebooks and a business card.
Other items are related to a fateful night in 1946. Nova Scotia didn't have segregation laws, but allowed theatres to enforce racial segregation if they wanted. Such was the case with the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, which required black audience members to sit in the balcony section of the theatre. Viola Desmond was in town on a business trip when her car broke down. Waiting for it to be repaired, she decided to see a movie. She went into the Roseland- two of the former cinema seats are displayed here.
She took a seat on the main floor, but it escalated from there, with theatre staff trying to enforce their segregation policy. She would be arrested and fined, a case that she would appeal but lose, and yet in the long run would set forth the road for civil rights in Canada- this was a decade before Rosa Parks in the States defying an officially entrenched segregation. Several years ago, the Nova Scotia government issued a formal pardon wiping the record clean for Viola Desmond.
The permanent portion of the Bank Of Canada Museum starts with a bracelet- something given to you as you come in- and creating an avatar for yourself. You make use of the bracelet throughout the interior, interacting with screens to bring up details on items within. I chose an odd name for my avatar.
You enter where you exit, and this lit up area caught my eye.
This panel, giving a few facts and figures about the economy, is one of the first things you see inside. We'll pick up here tomorrow.