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  1. Paula Adams: Caught Between Two Men, by Laura Johnston Kohl
  2. Rheaviana Beam: A Kaleidoscope Of Parts, by Laura Johnston Kohl
  3. The Chaikin Family
    1. In Memory of Gene and Phyllis Chaikin, by Sandra Crane
    2. Eugene Chaikin: A Story from Jonestown, by Bonnie Yates
  4. Brenda Carol Cobb: My “BFF”, by Dawn Gardfrey
  5. My Friend Sharon Swaney Cobb, by Yvonne Pearson
  6. “I want to go with you but they won’t let me”: Memories of My Friend Brian Davis, by Thom Bogue
  7. A Daughter’s Letter, by Shirletha Holmes
  8. Reclaiming a Childhood Friendship, by Carolyn Brooks-Provost
  9. Annie: An Enigma, by Rebecca Moore
  10. My Sister Cynnie, by Jordan Vilchez
  11. My family in Jonestown, by Bennett Rodgers
  12. Memories of My Sister, by Jacinta Hector Powers
  13. My favorite memory of Gladys Meadows Smith, by Geniva Shugart Hogan
  14. Remembrance of Joyce Touchette, by Don Beck
  15. Mona, by Guy Brewster Young
  16. Emma Mae, by Nancy C. Nanna
  17. William “Bill” Traylor and Peoples Temple, by Gabriel Traylor

The remembrance section of the jonestown report is certainly what the editors consider our most important work – not only for the relatives and longtime friends of the people who died in Jonestown, but the other Temple members who survived – and it’s the part which we need the most help with. We can use government and Temple records to give the people of Jonestown their names and basic biographical information. For the stories and recollections that restores them as people, we need people like you.

In fact, oftentimes, you as individuals are the only people who can help us. When we hear someone recall a memory, we are often aware that – even though the story may be about three or four people – only one person, the story-teller, is still alive. Unless you tell us the story, no one will hear it.

This is how history is preserved. This is how our friends and relatives will continue to live, long after all of us are gone.

You can leave a remembrance about a loved one, friend or anyone else you knew who died in Jonestown on The Jonestown Memorial List. When you click on the name of anyone on the list, the link leads you to a biographical box which includes photographs, information on dates and places of birth, and the names of known relatives.

Under the pictures is a highlighted “Submit Remembrance” bar that invites you to write as much as you like about any person. In posting your remembrance, you may decide whether you wish to include your name. If you are a relative or a friend, however, the editors of the jonestown report will likely follow up and ask for an article for the next edition of this section.

Thank you.