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Plaque to Tell Of `Utah's Darkest Day'

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Plaque to Tell Of `Utah's Darkest Day'
Salt Lake Tribune 9Sep99 C7
By Mark Havnes: Salt Lake Tribune
and additional articles listed at the end of this summary

LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley is scheduled to dedicate a new monument at the site of the Mountain Meadows Massacre near Cedar City, Utah, Saturday. The monument replaces a string of previous monuments that have deteriorated over time.

The dedication is the final event in a number of events commemorating the Massacre and recognizing the dedication. On Wednesday, September 8th, a symposium on Mountain Meadows was held at This is the Place State Park. Weber State University professor Gene Sessions spoke at the symposium, saying that true reconciliation will only be possible if the truth about the massacre is known.

Yesterday, Sessions, along with Mountain Meadows Association President Ron Loving and Mountain Meadows land owner Ken Byland placed a plaque at the site commemorating the massacre. The plaque contained an account of the massacre and its aftermath.

Today at 2 p.m., the remains of some of the Mountain Meadow Massacre victims, uncovered accidentally in constructing the monument, will be re-buried in a new burial vault. To meet legal requirements, the remains were examined at a BYU lab, which indicated that the remains are consistent with what is know of their deaths.

The dedication on Saturday at 10 am will be open only to invited guests. But it will be available by satellite broadcast at several additional sites in Arkansas and Utah. A complete list of sites where the broadcast can be see is available at the Mountain Meadows Association Web site The association is seeking funds to make additional improvements to the memorial, including improvements to the parking lot and adding restroom facilities.

Truth about tragedy may never be known
Deseret News 5Sep99 C7
By Carma Wadley: Deseret News senior writer
Indian relations, fears of invasion by troops likely were factors


Mountain Meadows Massacre -- A time to heal
Deseret News 5Sep99 C7
By Carma Wadley: Deseret News senior writer
Mountain Meadows tragedy and victims are not forgotten


History of memorials at Mountain Meadows
Deseret News 5Sep99 C7


Events to mark dedication of monument
Deseret News 5Sep99 E1

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