Our Peoples Temple Flickr Photo Stream In 2012

by Laura Johnston Kohl

23-hat_thumbOver the past three years, the Peoples Temple photostream on Flickr has continued to grow, with the additions of individual snapshots and larger collections and albums. The result is that we now have 1,511 different items posted and labeled in sets. I’ve organized them by location, topics, and date in natural groupings.

Since the first postings on flickr, I have invited corrections so that we can all feel certain that the information is accurate. We have had over 97,986 visitors look at the photos. Many have made their chosen photos “favorites.” Most photos have been viewed hundreds of times as people search the internet for visuals of our lives in Peoples Temple.

I am so proud that the photos can show a part of the Peoples Temple story that words can’t. I see this during my speaking engagements. When I try to express my experience, I can see disbelief in the eyes of the audience. The fact is, there was laughter and camaraderie and joy in Jonestown too, and the pictures show that as well. Ecstasy and devastation – the photos show it all.

Take a look. Send me more photos if you have them. Send me your corrections and your thoughts.

(Laura Johnston Kohl, who had lived in Jonestown but was working in Georgetown on 18 November, died on 19 November 2019 after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. Her writings for this website appear here.)

(Laura was interviewed fo a podcast in November 2011 that appears here (scroll down to Baycast #2; program begins after 30 seconds of intro music).)

Originally posted on July 28th, 2013.

Last modified on December 28th, 2021.
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