Viola Desmond

Nova Scotia Museum (NSM)


Viola Desmond was an African Nova Scotian who served not only as an entrepreneurial mentor to young women from her community, but whose 1946 criminal prosecution for daring to violate racial segregation in a New Glasgow theatre marked a watershed moment for civil rights and social justice in the Province, and in Canada.


Viola Desmond; African Nova Scotians; social justice; civil rights; Nova Scotia;

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