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Viola Desmond Tea Towel

Can$29.00

Out of stock

  • Sturdy half panama unbleached US cotton (19" x 27.5")
  • Our special inks mean that colours last in the wash
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  • 100-day money back guarantee if you change your mind

Viola Desmond was a  Canadian civil rights activist and businesswoman of black descent. In 1946 she challenged racial segregation in Nova Scotia by insisting on sitting in the downstairs area of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow (rather than the balcony). She was refused the appropriate ticket and then convicted for her alleged refusal to pay one per cent ‘amusement tax’ (the difference in ticket price). Desmond's case is one of the most publicized incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history and her case helped spark the modern civil rights movement in Canada. In 2010 she was granted a posthumous pardon, the Crown-in-Right-of-Nova Scotia also apologized for prosecuting her for tax evasion and acknowledged she was rightfully resisting racial discrimination. In 2018 she became the first Canadian woman to appear alone on a banknote, the $10 bill. Desmond was also named a National Historic Person in 2018.

Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 19in x 27.5in. Machine wash at 110 degrees max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.