Posts Tagged ‘Evergreen Cemetery’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR TRIFECTA

Trifecta – Three Grand Events Saturday, November 14 was a special day. It was very full, but touched a lot of points. My day began with an interview at the San Diego State University Special Collections Room. I was interviewed by filmmaker John Borowski for one segment of his upcoming television series. He interviewed me and taped the conversation for over two hours. The setting was an extensive Peoples Temple Collection that Dr. Rob Ray, the SDSU Archivist, has set up. The collection has all types of media productions and other memorabilia from Jonestown survivors and other diverse sources. In ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – A Survivor and More

HOW DOES THE TERM “SURVIVOR” FIT ME? I was interviewed this week by Torrey Bailey from SD City Beat. She asked me how the term “Survivor” fits me. I have traveled through many labels in my life. I began as a zealot. The first twenty years of my life, I searched, experimented, and followed my passions. I made lousy decisions as well as some good ones. But, I stayed optimistic, thinking things would always work out for me. When I moved into Peoples Temple in March of 1970, I was still a zealot. I was willing to be a very ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – Responds to Inquiries

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR responds to an email inquiry: Over the past few days, a person researching a book has contacted me. She mentioned that the other survivors she tried to contact have not responded. Here is what I told her: What made you decide to write about Peoples Temple? Are you including any information about Jonestown? Life for children and parents was completely different in Jonestown for both children and parents - for everyone. Do you know Dr. James Taylor at USF? Just out of curiosity, what are the ethnicities of your primary characters? In terms of contacting survivors, what none of us wants ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR AT BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL 2015

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR AT BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL 2015                Last weekend, I hosted an Author’s Table at the Bay Area Book Festival, on Literary Lane in Berkeley. I met many old friends and met even more new ones. Whenever I do Book Talks around the country, I bring my photo boards with photos from many of the aspects of Peoples Temple. One poster shows many pictures from Jonestown, while the other shows photos of important milestones from the past thirty-six years since November 18, 1978. I also had my copy of Kathy Barbour’s newly-published book, Who Died, which is a photographic ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Reflects on Color

A PERSON OF COLOR I am a survivor of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. I can not apologize or excuse enough about the horrific and incomprehensible way 918 wonderful people died. None of my reflections change that. But, my reflections do explain why so many of us joined Peoples Temple and even followed the dream of a Utopian community into the rainforest in Guyana. One of the aspects I loved the most about being in Peoples Temple was that skin color became a non-issue. We soon became blind to color because we were brothers and sisters in one big family, and because our ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR HAS BUSY SCHEDULE ON NOVEMBER 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 Here is the schedule for this November 18, the 36th anniversary. BOOK LAUNCH 10 a.m. (details of location are being worked out as we speak) Kathy Tropp Barbour has created a book of photos called Who Died, with photos of all of our friends and family from Jonestown. Kathy will be there with proofs of her Who Died book pages, and order forms to order a book.  The books will be available by the end of November, for $39.82 (includes tax and shipping). Take a look at the attachments. EVERGREEN CEMETERY, 6450 Camden St., Oakland, California 94605 We will gather at Evergreen ...

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Wanda King – One Set of Cremains found in Dover, Delaware over the Summer of 2014

WANDA KING Wanda's Cremains were found in a Dover, Delaware abandoned funeral home.  Her cremains were buried at Evergreen Cemetery on October 20, 2014.                I can remember Wanda King very well.  She was a little older than me, about eight years.  We shared a job in Peoples Temple, in San Francisco and Los Angeles for several years, between 1974 and 1976.  We were “Greeters” at the doors.  As services were beginning inside, or as people were gathering at least, we Greeters stood outside.  In fact, we would “greet” all newcomers who came up the steps in Los Angeles, or who came ...

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DOVER CREMAINS Join Remains of Jonestown Remains at Evergreen Cemetery

DOVER CREMAINS In July 2014, in an abandoned funeral home in Dover, Delaware, nine cremains were found of Peoples Temple members who died in Jonestown. The relatives for seven of the victims were located.  Families of four of them – Maud Ester Perkins, Katherine Martha Domineck, Mary Johnson Rodgers, and Irra Jean Johnson – worked directly with the state of Delaware transfer the cremains for their own disposition. The families of three people – Irene Mason, Tony Gerard Walker, and Wanda Bonita King – requested that the cremains be interred adjacent to the existing Jonestown memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, California. Efforts ...

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Final Jonestown Cremated Remains Find their Home

Three months ago, a Dover, Delaware Forensics Investigator discovered the cremated remains of nine Jonestown victims in an abandoned funeral home. For the past several months, a number of people from the media, The Jonestown Institute, and the Dover Forensics Investigators Office worked to locate the family members and relatives of these nine remains. I was delighted to be able to help with the location of living relatives.  Seven of the nine were successfully located, with several of the families deciding to have their loved ones buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, with the over-four-hundred other victims. The cremains of ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – Setting 2014-15 Schedule

I set up my year's calendar around this time. Universities are now ready to look at their calendars to schedule me in. Here is my information: Hello again! I am setting up my schedule for the next two semesters. There is always a lot going on so I thought I’d fill you in! • This November is the 36th anniversary of Jonestown. • Nine cremated remains of Peoples Temple members were found in an abandoned funeral home in Dover Delaware. Survivors and the Jonestown Institute have managed to find and contact family members of seven, and hope to find the remaining two ...

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