Mormons Acknowledge Early Polygamy Days at Renovated Museum
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's renovated history museum reopening this week in Salt Lake City features a small and surprising display about an uncomfortable part of the faith's history that for generations has been glossed over: polygamy.
The display is tucked inside a revamped museum that tells the story of how the church was founded and formed in the eastern U.S. from 1820-1846 before Mormons trekked across the country to settle in Utah.
Religious scholars say the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' decision to include information about the early days of polygamy marks the latest illustration of the religion's push for transparency over secrecy.
Mainstream Mormons no longer practice polygamy. Church leaders outlawed the practice in 1890. The museum is in downtown Salt Lake City nearby the religion's much-visited flagship temple.