Resting atop a triangular pedestal of gray granite, this bronze sculpture symbolizes freedom with broken wings. On each its three faces a carved bronze medallion represents patriots Chevalier de Lorimier, Louis-Joseph Papineau, and Wolfred Nelson. Inscriptions are also engraved on each face of the base. The work of Alfred Laliberté (1878-1953), Le Monument aux Patrioteswas unveiled on June 24, 1926.
Memorialized on the monuments’ sides are events leading up to the incredible sacrifice that took place in this spot, including:
The parliamentary fight of Louis-Joseph Papineau
The sacrifice of Chevliaer de Lorimier
The armed fight of Wolfred Nelson
The monument is located in the Place of the Patriots, which is in front of the SAQ offices (Société des Alcohols du Québec, or Québec Alcohol Society) a state-run company with a monopoly on alcohol distribution in Québec and the site of the old Pied-du-Courant Prison.
Words engraved on the monument include: “In heroic memory of those who died here on the scaffold in the winter of 1838-1839 for the freedom of their country.”
Celebrating the life and times of the de Lorimier Family