The Hanging of William Pounden: Capital Punishment at the Quebec Common Gaol*

Thanks to the exceptional atmosphere of the old gaol and captivating audiovisual animations, travel back in time to 1823 when William Pounden was hanged for murder. During this immersive guided tour of the spaces used to imprison and hang the condemned, follow the series of tragic events that led to his execution. Let the animations guide you through the Quebec common gaol as it stood in the nineteenth century and witness the events that would lead the condemned to the most severe punishment of that time.

End the tour with the Morrin Centre’s new permanent exhibit, The Hanged: Two Centuries of Executions in Quebec, and learn about the history of capital punishment in this province, from the first execution of a civilian under the British regime to the abolition of the death penalty in Canada in 1976.

*Contains scenes which may be unsuitable for young children and disturb certain visitors.

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16 $ ADULT