Picking up where I left off yesterday, the Bytown Museum features a number of panels on the assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of our Fathers of Confederation, an eloquent speaker, politician, and writer, who was a friend of Sir John A. Macdonald. He was killed outside his boarding house here in Ottawa after coming home from a session in the House of Commons. An Irish nationalist was hung for it; his assassination came in the wake of the Fenian Raids, and was for his stance against Irish radicalism of the time.
This bust is of Lady Macdonald, the Prime Minister's wife Agnes. It is a marble by Marshall Wood, and the quote behind it I found poignant. The case beside it contains the original plaque marking the spot of McGee's assassination, the plaster cast of one of his hands done after his death, and a copy of a book he wrote on Irish history. Photographs of the site of the crime and his funeral are also found here.
The burning of Centre Block on Parliament Hill also features strongly in this section of the Museum. It was destroyed in 1916, with only the Library of Parliament spared, and then rebuilt. A Union Jack that flew over the original tower on that day now resides here in the Museum. Tomorrow I'll take you back outside.