Picturing history: Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park, London

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

In the northeast corner of Hyde Park in London, United Kingdom, is an area known as Speakers? Corner. Here open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed. Speakers there may speak on virtually any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful and that profanity is not used. The site is well-known as the place where a nervous and apprehensive young missionary named Gordon B. Hinckley stood on a soap box and preached principles of the restored gospel to anyone who would listen. According to Sheri Dew, President Hinckley?s biographer, they would sing, have prayer, and then preach to the unruly crowds from their portable podium. Some were interested, but most frequently, Elder Hinckley would deal with experienced hecklers. He came to enjoy sparring with some of those individuals.

Kenneth Mays,

In the northeast corner of Hyde Park in London, United Kingdom, is an area known as Speakers' Corner. Here open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed. Speakers there may speak on virtually any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful and that profanity is not used.

The site is well-known as the place where a nervous and apprehensive young missionary named Gordon B. Hinckley stood on a soap box and preached principles of the restored gospel to anyone who would listen.

According to Sheri Dew, President Hinckley's biographer, they would sing, have prayer, and then preach to the unruly crowds from their portable podium. Some were interested, but most frequently, Elder Hinckley would deal with experienced hecklers. He came to enjoy sparring with some of those individuals.

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