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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Church Takes Mountain-Meadows Buttons to Arkansas

HARRISON, ARKANSAS -- The LDS Church decided last week to give the artifacts accidentally uncovered last year at Mountain Meadows to a Museum in Harrison, Arkansas. Glen Leonard, director of the LDS Church's Museum of Church History and Art, traveled to Harrison on Friday to "indefinately loan" the artifacts to the Carroll County Historical Society.

The disposition of the artifacts, which include five glass buttons, a steel button, an iron nut believed to be a wagon wheel nut, and pottery shards, became controversial last week as the Church tried to decide between conflicting groups of relatives of the victims. The Utah-based Mountain Meadows Association, headed by Ron Loving, at whose annual meeting Leonard presented the artifacts to the Museum, wanted the artifacts placed in a museum and argued that the artifacts belong to the victim's next-of-kin, like any property found at a crime scene.

But, Scott Fancher, disagreed over the disposition of the artifacts, however, saying that they should be re-buried with the remains of the victims, like anything else accidentally uncovered at a grave site. When the controversy came to light last week, Fancher even asked Utah's state archaeologist Kevin Jones for an opinion on what should happen to the artifacts. Jones ruled they should be re-buried at Mountain Meadows.

While the Church decided to put the artifacts in Arkansas at the Carroll County Historical Society, which already displays other artifacts related to the massacre, it has hedged its bets, placing the artifacts there on indefinite loan, so that the Church can request that they be returned if it needs or wishes in the future.


Mormons give artifacts tied to massacre to Arkansas museum
Little Rock AR Democrat-Gazette 10Sep00 N1
By John Magsam: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Artifacts Head for Museum, Mountain Meadows buttons go to Arkansas
Salt Lake Tribune 10Sep00 N1
By Christopher Smith: Salt Lake Tribune

See also:

Backhoe Accident Ruined LDS Church's Attempt To Bury Mountain Meadows

Mountain Meadows Relics Raise New Controversy

Mormon News' Coverage of the Mountain Meadows Massacre Site


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