New Morrin Centre exhibit traces the history of capital punishment

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Historian Donald Fyson stands in front of interpretive panels that explain two centuries of executions in Quebec. The image on the panel on the left shows the balcony that was once used as a gallows directly above the front entrance to the Common Gaol, now the Morrin Centre.

Before it was a college, before it became the English-language cultural centre of Quebec City, the building housing the Morrin Centre had a different vocation: from 1812 to 1867 it was the Common Gaol. Now the Morrin Centre has launched its new immersive guided tour, which features the hanging of William Pounden in 1823 and capital punishment at the former prison.