Calm Carthage

At the Carthage Jail on June 27, 1844, a mob murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, who thus sealed their testimonies of Jesus Christ with their blood.

Several days earlier, the Prophet and others voluntarily went to Carthage, the county seat located about 20 miles southeast of Nauvoo, to answer charges of civil disturbance. Joseph and Hyrum were held in Carthage Jail pending trial and were guaranteed protection from mob violence by the governor of Illinois.

Joseph, Hyrum, John Taylor, and Willard Richards were in the jailer’s upstairs bedroom when a mob stormed the jail shortly after five o’clock. The Prophet and his brother were shot and killed, John Taylor was seriously wounded, and Willard Richards escaped unharmed. The mob fled, and the martyrs’ bodies were taken back to Nauvoo the next day.

The jail was used for about 25 years and then became a private residence. The Church purchased the building and property in 1903. To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Martyrdom in 1994, the jail was restored to its appearance at the time of Joseph and Hyrum’s death.

This featured piece is entitled ‘Calm Carthage’. It is by Oliver Johnson and is beautiful. We are the only store authorized to carry it right now. Stop by and see just how wonderful this piece is.

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2 Responses to Calm Carthage

  1. Marylynn Moody says:

    I love this painting of the carthage jail. It makes the jail look meaningful and light. Beautiful and peaceful. Lovely and praiseworthy. Who is the artist? What is the title? Can copies be purchased anywhere ?

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