Montreal’s Ship Fever Monument: An Irish Famine Memorial in the Making

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Author/collaborator
Title
Montreal’s Ship Fever Monument: An Irish Famine Memorial in the Making
Abstract
In 1859, representatives of Montreal’s Protestant elite and a group of workers constructing the Victoria Bridge installed a boulder to preserve from desecration the burial site of the 6,000 Irish victims of ship fever who died on the shores of Montreal in 1847. The author focuses on the commemorations organized at the site in 1897, 1913 and 1942 and examines the contentious process by which groups of Irish Catholic Montrealers laid claim to the so-called Black Rock. He argues that the public acts of remembrance were central to the construction of Irish Catholic identities in Montreal in changing socio-political contexts.
Publication
Canadian Journal of Irish Studies/Revue canadienne d’études irlandaises
Volume
Vol. 33
Issue
no. 1
Pages
48-60
Date
Spring 2007
Language
en
Citation
McMahon, Colin. “Montreal’s Ship Fever Monument: An Irish Famine Memorial in the Making.” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies/Revue canadienne d’études irlandaises Vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 48–60.
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