Sunstone Capital

Description
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints founded the town of Nauvoo, Illinois in 1839 and finished construction of their elaborate temple in 1846. Initially welcomed by the Illinois General Assembly, growing anti-Mormonism and the 1844 murder of leader Joseph Smith drove them to abandon the town less than three years after completing the temple.
This celestial limestone carving was one of thirty that adorned the grand temple at Nauvoo, which was destroyed by a fire (possibly due to arson) in 1848 and tornado-force winds in 1850.
Object Name
capital
Date made
1846
associated dates
1844
architect
Weeks, William
associated institution
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
associated person
Smith, Joseph
maker
Weeks, William
Physical Description
limestone (overall material)
white (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 48 in x 72 in x 18 in; 121.92 cm x 182.88 cm x 45.72 cm
Place Made
United States: Illinois, Nauvoo
associated place
United States: Illinois, Nauvoo
ID Number
1989.0453.01
catalog number
1989.0453.01
accession number
1989.0453
subject
Prejudice
Cultures & Communities
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Mormons. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Architecture
Religion
Migration
Family & Social Life
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Home and Community Life: Religion
Exhibition
Treasures
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Sunstone from Morman Temple

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