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Mormon Missionary Memorial.

Mormon Killed Here

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Tunnel Hill, Georgia

Local Christians didn't appreciate the preaching of Mormon Elder Joseph Standing from Salt Lake City, so he was shot dead by a lynch mob on July 21, 1879. Another Mormon (who was not harmed) said that Standing pulled a gun on the mob in self-defense, and wound up riddled with over 20 bullets.

Decades later, with passions cooled and Christianity less imperiled, the Mormons were allowed to purchase the death site and turn it into a little park. There's a large upright stone slab with a bronze plaque that outlines what happened, a hand pump for a spring, a picnic table, and a small rock in the grass engraved "JS," marking the spot where Standing fell.

Mormon Killed Here

4164 Standing Rd, Tunnel Hill, GA
I-75 exit 341. Drive north on Hwy 201 for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Lake Kathy Rd for a little over two miles. After you go through the stop sign at Hwy 2, look for the right-hand turn onto Standing Rd. Follow this little road for just over a mile. The memorial will be on the right; look for the little parking lot (it comes up abruptly).
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