A bronze likeness of hand-cart pulling pioneers, crafted by a Lehi artisan, will be dedicated Saturday, Sept. 19, during a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Mormon Trail Visitors Center in Omaha, Neb.
Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the Seventy will preside and offer a dedicatory prayer. Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson, who is invited to the service, will be given a detailed history of his family as a gift.Franz Johansen, a former professor of art at Brigham Young University, worked on the life-size statue for a year in his Utah County foundry. He was called by church leaders to a one-year mission to complete the artwork.
It will be showcased on a concrete pedestal at the entrance of the visitors center, which marks the location where early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregated after being driven from their homes in Nauvoo, Ill., and before the 1847 trek to the Salt Lake Valley.
Johansen told the Deseret News last April that the sculpture is a reminder of the pioneers' dedication and sacrifice.