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Sunstone Capital

Sunstone Capital

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
capital
capital, part of
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
Place Made
United States: Illinois, Nauvoo
associated place
United States: Illinois, Nauvoo
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 cm
capital, part of (1989.0453.01b): 17 1/8 in x 72 in x 18 1/4 in; 43.4975 cm x 182.88 cm x 46.355 cm
ID Number
1989.0453.01b
catalog number
1989.0453.01b
accession number
1989.0453
subject
Prejudice
Mormons. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Architecture
Migration
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Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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