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Summarized by Rosemary Pollock

LDS Church Delays Sending Mountain Meadows Artifacts to Arkansas

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Scott Fancher, president of the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation, is encouraged by a recent letter that was issued Tuesday, August 29th by the Utah Attorney General's Offices state archaeologist Kevin Jones, that recommended that six buttons and some broken crockery that were discovered and removed from the burial site be re-buried with the emigrants' bones at Mountain Meadows.

As reported earlier by Mormon News, LDS Church officials were planning to donate the artifacts, currently held at Brigham Young University, to a museum in northwest Arkansas for an early September debut of the Mountain Meadow artifacts to be displayed at the Carroll County museum in Berryville, Arkansas. "We made a decision a long time ago that these artifacts should be returned to the people of Arkansas," said Glen Leonard, director the LDS Museum of Church History and Art. "They belong to the ancestors there, and those were our plans all along."

According to the August 15 letter by Jones, owners of cemeteries do not have any ownership of the remains and associated objects. "The law does not prohibit us from displaying the buttons, but if some family members would be offended if we did so, we would defer to those feelings," Leonard said. "It seems to me that the wisest course to follow is to return the buttons to Mountain Meadows. I will await receipt of the letter so that I can see exactly what it says, and then I will make a recommendation to the First Presidency." As of Wednesday, August 30th, church officials had no response.


State Wants Mountain Meadows Artifacts Returned to the Grave
Salt Lake Tribune 31Aug00 N1
By Christopher Smith: Salt Lake Tribune

See also: Mountain Meadows Relics Raise New Controversy

Mormon News' Coverage of the Mountain Meadows Site


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