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.