A historical plaque in Sugarhouse Park that has generated controversy in recent months was removed last week so that it can be reworded to eliminate incorrect information.
Morris Bennion, Sons of Utah Pioneers state president, said all names of individuals will be removed from the plaque that is part of a commemorative monument marking the location of the Utah Territorial Prison, which stood at the site from 1855 to 1956 when the last standing buildings were razed to make way for Sugarhouse Park.The plaque incorrectly listed Albert Parry Rockwood as the prison's first warden. Descendants of Daniel Garn, who, in fact, was the first warden, took issue and asked that the mistake be corrected.
Bennion said his group met Wednesday night and voted to remove all names, a procedure that will cost about $400, to ensure the controversy is laid to rest.
"We admit the mistake and we have nothing to hide in that respect," said Bennion. "We knew it had to be corrected and we think this should resolve all concerns."
Bennion said he may cancel an April 14 meeting planned with Garn representatives. "I think this move complies with their request and I don't see any reason to meet later."
The monuments, which consist of twin six-foot high walls constructed from bricks salvaged from the prison, contains two plaques, one sponsored by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the other by the SUP. The groups intended to commemorate the prison and not any particular individual, officials from both groups have maintained.
Bennion said SUP officials hope to raise the $400 quickly and to have the plaque back in place by the end of May. He said there may be a ceremony to rededicate the monument at that time.
"I promised I would do it (get the plaque corrected) and I did," Bennion said. "There shouldn't be any reason for anyone to be concerned; its the best thing to do."