La Corriveau’s Cage Found

La Corriveau’s Cage Found

After an intense internet search, Lévis’ regional history society has found the cage used to hold La Corriveau’s corpse in 1763, on Saint-Joseph and l’Entente streets in Lévis.

The Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec has shown an interest in helping to bring the cage back to the region.

Financial support would be necessary as the Société d’histoire régionale de Lévis (SHRL) does not have the resources to pay for the transportation costs.

Working on the repatriation and other activities to commemorate the 250th anniversary of La Corriveau’s execution (2013), SHRL’s vice president, Claudia Méndez, is thinking about exhibiting cage in Lévis.

Claudia Méndez is very lucky to have found the whereabouts of the artefact, long thought to have disappeared years ago. Indeed, the last time anyone had seen this cage; it was in a Boston museum that unfortunately burned down many decades ago.

Méndez collected images for La Corriveau’s legend and discovered a photograph that resembled the description of the cage. She followed a trail which, along with a helper from SRHL, Manon Pelletier, led them in the Peabody Essex Museum in Boston.

Last week, the SRHL announced their discovery and have as a result, received many comments on their Facebook page.

This discovery could attract visitors from far and wide to the region.

La Corriveau’s legend is inspired by real historical facts and occurred at the beginning of the British regime in 1763.

After a vigorous trial in the old French colony, Marie-Josephte Corriveau from Saint-Vallier-de-Bellechasse, was hanged for the murder of her second husband.

Her body was then thrown in a cage in the village for everyone to see.

La Corriveau for the uninitiated
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LifeinQuebec.com staff writer

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