BROWN, Joyce Marie

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Last Name
 
BROWN
Given Names
 
Joyce Marie
AKA's
 
Joyce Polk
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
2/8/1960
Age at Death
 
18
Place of Birth
 
Indianapolis, Indiana
Residence (US)
 
San Francisco, California 94107
Residence (JT)
 
Cottage 33
Residence (JT) Abbreviated
 
C33
Religion
 
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Female
Information on __Source of Death
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Body Identification Number
 
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
Restaurant service (Maaga), Student
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Government Income
 
Entry in Guyana
 
3/15/1978
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Birth Mother
 
Lucy Crenshaw (aunt)
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Children
 
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Family Tree
 
Discrepancies
 
Remembrances
 
“Joyce was a lovely girl with a beautiful spirit. I love this poem she wrote in the Creative Writing class not long before she left for Guyana with many other Opportunity II students.

How do you get from
the ghetto to the sparrow
How in the corner of a ghetto
a sparrow grows lips, and
remembers how to sing

This one by Joyce is modeled after a poem by Joyce Carol Thomas. Both poems were published in the Opportunity poetry anthology, "In Small Dreams," on file at the California Historical Society.

Paint me with my head up looking proud
Paint me with a big happy smile onmy face.
Paint me with beautiful colored beads,
With my hair corn-rolled in an African style.
Paint me with the animals of the jungle,
Llike a colorful bird and a brown soft
Monkey jumping tree totree.
Paint me with all the nationalities of people.
Paint me with a gorgeous colored dress...
Paint me beautiful.
PAINT ME. PAINT ME. PAINT ME. ” - Judy Bebelaar

The Poetry of Joyce Polk Brown ” - Anonymous

“I'm a Forty Five year old African-American male. Originallty from San Francisco. But I was an eight year old Lad the last time I saw Joyce Polk. She attended the same school as my oldest sister. Joyce would Call me "Cowboy". Because I liked dressing up as one. I remember her as a Nice , Friendly, Teenage girl. With a Soothing voice. And Presence. Like mostly everybody else. Joyce was just looking for a better way of life. She definitely thought she found it with Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. ” - Jeffrey Johnson