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WELCOME TO
JOE HILL
VISITOR CENTER 

In Joe Hill´s hometown of Gävle.

JOE HILL VISITOR CENTER

The Joe Hill Visitor Center will open in fall 2024.  

You are welcome for a sneak peek this summer. Not everything will be in place yet, but the most important information will be.  

  

Grand opening September 7th 2024. 

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OPENING HOURS

From June 25th  

Tuesday to Saturday

12.00 - 16.00

BORN IN GÄVLE 1879

Joe Hill was born as Joel Hägglund, in Gävle 1879. He lived in Gävle until he was 23 years old. Today his childhood home is a museum, situated not far away from the Joe Hill Visitor Center. 

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LEGENDARY PROTEST SINGER

As an immigrant Joe Hill became a member in the union I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World). As a labor activist he became one of the most influental protest singers in the US in the 1900s.

EXECUTED 1915

November 19th 1915 Joe Hill was executed by firing squads in a prison in Utah, USA, convicted for murder. Critics argued that the trial and conviction were unfair, with even the President Woodrow Wilson asking for clemency.  

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Joe Hill Visitor Center is situated in an old prison from 1847.   

In the same building you will find the Prison museum of Sweden, which keeps the visitor center open during its opening hours. The visitor center has no staff on its own, and is free to visit.

 

 The prison closed 1986, but in Joe Hill´s time this was the County Prison of Gävleborg. Joe Hill was never imprisoned here, but he probably knew some who were.  

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