Illinois History Minutes

June 27 Illinois History Minute


It’s June 27th, and on this day in 1844, Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was murdered by a mob, while being held in the jail in Carthage. Smith was held on charges he had ordered the destruction of the printing press of a newspaper critical of him in nearby Nauvoo. He and his brother Hyrum were killed when a crowd of 200 people stormed the jail. No one was ever convicted in the attack.

On this day in 1948, Chicago’s WMAQ Radio premiered “Destination Freedom”, a series about the lives of notable Black Americans. Episode One was about Crispus Attucks, regarded as the first man killed in the Boston Massacre.

I’m Jim Meadows. Illinois Public Media.