Renovated Mormon museum acknowledges polygamy

A recently renovated Mormon history museum in Salt Lake City contains an exhibit that acknowledges the practice of polygamy in the church’s early years.

Salt Lake City, Utah.

Salt Lake City, Utah. Image by Garrett / CC BY 2.0

Polygamy has been banned in the mainstream church since 1890, and the practice has since been glossed over in the church’s official narrative. The museum’s new displays outline the story of how the church was relocated to Utah after being formed and founded in the Eastern US by Joseph Smith. Details on polygamy make up only a small portion of the new exhibits, but religious scholars see it as a noteworthy move toward transparency by the church. Read more: nytimes.com

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