During the period when the Prophet Joseph Smith was locked in Liberty Jail, the majority of the Saints were driven from the state of Missouri. Many sought refuge on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River in the little town of Quincy, the county seat of Adams County. As Quincy became the gathering place for many of the Saints, their numbers grew to perhaps four or five times the number of the actual inhabitants of the city. Great kindness was demonstrated by the citizens of Quincy at that time. The images seen here identify the general site where the fleeing Saints crossed from Missouri to Illinois in early 1839. At a concert given by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on June 28, 2002, President Gordon B. Hinckley thanked the citizens of Quincy for their kindness in 1839.
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