This mural was initiated by the Société de développement commercial (SDC) du Quartier latin.
Produced by MU, it pays tribute to the Montreal freethinker Éva Circé-Côté (1871-1949), founder and first librarian of the Montreal library, housed in the Monument-National in 1903; co-director of the first secular high school for girls, which was located just a few steps from here; journalist, essayist, playwright, poet, musician, feminist. Éva Circé-Côté has been a lifelong advocate of a progressive, secular, inclusive society in which indifference to natives and immigrants would not exist. For more than forty years, she has worked towards the emancipation of peoples, she has made sure to fuel debates, to make her readers and her audience aware of different issues and the importance of social reforms, including the secularization of institutions and compulsory and free education.
This work highlights the invaluable contribution that this lover of literature and culture has left to Quebecers in terms of education and culture, but also in our journey towards a more just society, free of racial, gender and religious prejudices.
The work is part of the collection Les bâtisseur·es culturels·les montréalais·es, initiated by MU in 2010, aiming to highlight the invaluable contribution of the city’s creators from different artistic disciplines. It was created by artist Cyrielle Tremblay, assisted by Julien Sicre.