Sunstone Capital


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.

Date Made: 1846Associated Dates: 1844

Architect: Weeks, WilliamAssociated Institution: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsAssociated Person: Smith, JosephMaker: Weeks, William

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Illinois, NauvooAssociated Place: United States: Illinois, Nauvoo

Subject: PrejudiceArchitectureMigrationLatter Day Saints


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Exhibition Location:

Related Publication: Ancestry's Red Book

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0453.01aCatalog Number: 1989.0453.01aAccession Number: 1989.0453

Object Name: capitalcapital, part ofcapitol, part of

Physical Description: limestone (overall material)white (overall color)Measurements: overall sunstone (two sections assembled): 48 in x 72 in x 18 in; 121.92 cm x 182.88 cm x 45.72 cmcapital, part of (1989.0453.01a): 38 1/4 in x 62 3/8 in x 21 in; 97.155 cm x 158.4325 cm x 53.34 cm


Record Id: nmah_1110405

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