At the Carthage Jail on June 27, 1844, a mob murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. Several days earlier, the Prophet and others voluntarily went to Carthage 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.

Carthage Jail

LDS Historic Sites
Carthage Jail room Carthage Jail cell
The jail in the room next door
Joseph fell out the left window after being shot
Outside the Carthage Jail Carthage Jail door
Second story jail window
Door with bullet shot