New gaol exhibit at the Morrin Centre
The Morrin Centre in Quebec City is known for its beautiful old library, but back in the early 19th century, it was a prison.
It was, in fact, the first gaol in Canada to follow John Howard's idea that, instead of "houses of detention," there should be "houses of correction."
Well-known prisoners included writer Philippe Aubert-de-Gaspé and journalist and patriot Etienne Parent.
If you visit the common gaol today, you can see the cell blocks and imagine what it was like to be locked up - and waiting for the hangman.
This weekend, our fill-in host Elizabeth Robertson spoke with Donald Fyson, a Laval University historian who's working on a book about the prison.