Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ferry Named for Viola Desmond, the Businesswoman Who Challenged N.S. Segregation

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ferry Named for Viola Desmond, the Businesswoman Who Challenged N.S. Segregation

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New Halifax ferry named for Viola Desmond

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HALIFAX - Halifax's new harbour ferry will be named in honour of Viola Desmond, the businesswoman sometimes called Canada's Rosa Parks after she was jailed for sitting in the whites-only section of a movie theatre.

Desmond received about a third of the votes in a city ferry-naming contest that drew 19,238 votes.The four other nominees were fallen soldiers Pte. John Curwin, Maj. Gavin Rainnie, former Halifax mayor Ronald Wallace and Halifax Explosion hero Vincent Coleman.

The ferry will go into service this summer.

The naming expands the growing legacy of Desmond, who died in 1967. In 2010, she was given a posthumous pardon and an apology from the Nova Scotia government.

The owner of a beauty salon on Gottingen Street in Halifax, she inadvertently sat in a whites-only section of a segregated movie theatre while on a business trip to New Glasgow in 1946. …

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