The state of Utah executed labor songwriter Joe Hill ninety-five years ago. While there is no evidence that Church leadership played any direct part in the case, interesting questions arise in three areas where the Joe Hill case intersects with Mormon history and Mormon players in the trial. How did the utah Supreme Court favor the Church and its leaders? What was Heber C. kimball’s son doing on the Joe Hill jury? Why did an impressive anti-Mormon rant get Joe Hill’s lawyer disbarred? The presentation will explore these questions and includes photographs and several of Joe Hill’s songs.
Kenneth Lougee, John Sillito