Letter from Tim Carter

To Whom It May Concern

I am writing to express my deeply felt support for the Jonestown Memorial project, and for the dedication of that memorial at the end of this month.

I am a survivor of the Jonestown tragedy. In fact, I am one of four people still alive who were in Jonestown when the murders began. I lost my wife, son, sister, niece, nephew, brother-in-law and sister-in-law on that horrible, horrible day. My son, sister, niece, and nephew are buried at the memorial site. Our family chose to have my sister Terry’s body interred at Evergreen cemetery, so she could rest in peace with not only her son – but also with her Peoples Temple "family."

It has broken my heart over the years that not only has there not been an appropriate memorial, but that the individual holding the memorial services did not treat me – or other survivors – with respect. At least once she has used a picture of my family in her collateral material, without so much as asking if it is ok, or if I would want my family associated with her efforts. It became clear years ago that Ms. Norwood had no desire to create a spot of healing, but rather her services reflected one of continuing conflict, rancor, and ugliness. I attended only one of her services, and swore I would never attend again. It took me years to finally get the stomach to attend a Nov. 18 service because I had heard many stories – for years – of how the survivors themselves were ostracized. I had exactly the same experience.

It should be noted – with the strongest consideration – that the survivor community raised in three weeks what Ms. Norwood could not raise in thirty-two years. There is nothing that speaks more to the feelings of the survivor community about the memorial – as well as Ms. Norwood.

When I saw a picture of the memorial site (what had been done so far) I had tears in my eyes. Finally – finally – my immediate family, as well as my extended family, have a site that reflects the respect they deserve.

If Ms. Norwood had chosen a path of harmony, peace, conciliation, healing, respect, and pure intention her memorial would have been completed years ago. I implore the court to rule in favor of Evergreen Cemetery. It is time for PEACE.

Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully,

Tim Carter
Survivor with immediate family buried at Evergreen

 

Originally posted on July 25th, 2013.

Last modified on December 9th, 2013.
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