A CJN Article by Joel Jacobson published on Oct. 4th, 2021
A sunny morning, perfectly depicting Ruth Goldbloom’s glow and bright attitude, greeted more than 100 family members and friends Oct. 3 at Canada’s Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
They were gathered for the unveiling of a sculpture of Ruth, seated on a bench, surrounded by immigrants’ suitcases, with her beloved tap shoes sitting at her feet. The sculpture, created by Newfoundland artist Morgan MacDonald, will be permanently located near the entrance to the museum. Visitors will be invited to sit beside Ruth, whose legacy was that she talked to anyone and everyone who entered the museum that she created to honour the 1.5 million immigrants who entered Canada through the Port of Halifax’s Pier 21 from 1928 to 1971.
Ruth Goldbloom died in 2012, at the age of 88.
With Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor Arthur LeBlanc and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage among the guests, Ruth’s husband, Richard, her children, Alan, David and Barbara, and six of her seven grandchildren, helped unveil the sculpture and a descriptive plaque.
Thank you to all of the many generous donors to the AJC who made this project possible!