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What to Expect When You Visit Historic Nauvoo and Carthage Jail

At Historic Nauvoo and Carthage Jail, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers a wide variety of experiences—from guided tours to entertainment to quiet contemplation. 

Blacks in Church History

Research Guide

This research guide provides a brief introduction to selected black Latter-day Saint individuals throughout the Church’s history and identifies significant related historical materials held at the Church History Library. Black Latter-day Saints have numbered among the Church’s membership since 1830. From 1852 through 1978, black men were prohibited from receiving the priesthood, and black men and women were prohibited from receiving temple ordinances. Today, black men and women participate fully in the blessings and opportunities provided to all Church members.

Iowa City: 1856

Handcart Beginning

Thousands of immigrants from England and Wales who joined the Church and the trek west took on a new form of transportation to Salt Lake City. They couldn't afford wagons after leaving their homeland, so they pulled handcarts. The human-powered handcarts, which were envisioned by Brigham Young, proved to be one of the most brilliant—and tragic—experiments in all western migration.