Letter from Judy Bebelaar

Dear Mr. Haulman,

Thank you for allowing space for a permanent remembrance of those who died in Jonestown. The many people who lost friends and loved ones  will, after so many years, at last have a memorial, and one that seems more fitting in its quietly beautiful simplicity. I am grateful to you and to Evergreen Cemetery that so many of those who died in Jonestown have a peaceful place to lie, and  that now, all will finally have their names inscribed in marble.

I know that you especially understand that memorials such as this one, planned by a group of caring and thoughtful people are a very important part of the grieving process – which has no end – but I wanted to add my voice of support for the project. As a teacher at Opportunity II High in San Francisco in 1976, I came to know many of the wonderful young people who went to Jonestown.  Tragically, so many of them never returned to complete their lives, which were full of promise. I am glad that after 33 years, I will be able to find their names, to know they are not  forgotten.. As for Jim Jones’s name being there, it’s a simple fact that he died, and as his son JIm Junior has said, history has described him quite accurately. 

I plan to attend the ceremony on May 29 and hope to be able to thank you in person.

Sincerely yours,

Judy Bebelaar
San Francisco public high school teacher (37 years) 

Originally posted on July 25th, 2013.

Last modified on December 9th, 2013.
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