150 years ago today — Last public execution in Quebec City

On March 22, 1864, 150 years ago today, more than 6,000 people attended the last public execution in Quebec City. They came to watch the hanging of John Meehan, a 23-year-old originally from Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault. Meehan had lived in Quebec City with his family most of his life. On September 11, 1863, he murdered someone known as Pearl on rue Saint-Vallier. They never discovered why he did it. Six months later, he was hanged on rue Saint-Stanislas, outside the prison gate.

The Morning Chronicle, March 23, 1864.

The Morning Chronicle, March 23, 1864.

Thanks to the Société historique de Québec for posting this on their Facebook page.

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About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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