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Built between 1825 and 1836 by Lebas this is the old emplacement of the Prison de la Petite-Roquette. Originally built for young offenders and children "incarcerated by fatherly punishment!!!!", became the prison for women from 1932 until its demolition in 1974. It served also as a camp for 4000 women resistance fighters during WWII, before being deported as the plaque on the wall of the porch tells us. Every 8th May a commemoration service is held here in memory of these women. The porch is the old entrance into the prison and is the only vestige left standing. Just opposite the Petite Roquette, until demolition in 1900 was the Prison de la Grande Roquette, used for life prisoners and those condemned to death.
The commemorative plaque reads :" From the call of General de Gaulle on 18th June 1940 until the liberation of Paris on 25th august 1944, in this place 4000 resistants (women) were imprisoned for having fought against the occupier. They contributed to the freedom of France."
Today the prison has left us this lovely park, plus enough room to create a kindergarten, a seniors home and council houses. There is even an underground concert hall.
Closest metro is Philippe Auguste.
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