Reflections and Remembrances 2016

Rosa Lee Brown and sister Bertha Jackson in Tennessee
Rosa Lee Brown and sister Bertha Jackson in Tennessee

One of the most important functions of this website is to provide a forum for former members of Peoples Temple and relatives of the Jonestown dead to write about their experiences and perspectives. While each individual story brings a powerful voice to any consideration of the events of 18 November 1978, their totality contributes to an even more important – if sometimes cacophonous – body of work. For that reason, these stories may also be found on our growing online collection of perspectives here.

We invite other members and families of Peoples Temple – whatever your views on the tragedy of Jonestown and the factors that led to its end – to join in this chorus. Contact us at or so that we may add your story.


  1. Ambushed: Remembering Joyce Douglas, by Harrison Danley
  2. Remembering Jose Simon and Sue Grimm, by Nick Bennett
  3. Tina’s Smile, by Steven Ashlock
  4. Remembering Gladys Margarette Jackson, by Anonymous
  5. Memories of Rosa Lee Jackson From a 12-Year-Old Me, by Shawnda Birch
  6. My mom had a heart of gold, by Ray Johnson
  7. Jonestown and the Lendo Theory, by Sharon Lendo
  8. Esther Mueller – a beautiful woman inside and out, by Sharon Jo Allman
  9. Memories of Cheryl Gray Wilhite, by Daphne Walker-Thoth


  1. Who is the Voice of Peoples Temple?, by Laura Johnston Kohl
  2. I Am a Cultist, Two Times Over, by Laura Johnston Kohl
  3. Was Jonestown a “Millennial Intentional Community”?, by Laura Johnston Kohl