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New gaol exhibit at the Morrin Centre

morrin gaol again.jpgThe 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.

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