About Jonestown Survivor: Information Concerning This Archived Site

This is the archive of a large website of articles and blogs published in conjunction with the book, Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look. The book and all the material in this archive were written by Laura Johnston Kohl, a member of Peoples Temple who survived the tragedy in Jonestown by being in Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown on 18 November 1978.

Following the twentieth anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy, Ms. Johnston Kohl became a prolific writer and active public speaker, work she continued to do until shortly before her death on 19 November 2019. She also made herself available to family members of those who perished in Guyana and scholars who try to understand the calamity of the ending. Finally, she was a generous contributor of articles and remembrances for the Alternative Considerations site, all of which may be found here.

In the interest of preserving the information from her site for future generations of Jonestown scholars and researchers, the managers of this site obtained permission from Laura’s husband Ron Kohl to archive her work in its entirety. Both the archive and the book itself are published with his permission.

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR at University of Southern Indiana April 2017 38th Anniversary (2016) – Survivors and Good Friends Met at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland Laura at the California Historical Society in San Francisco, which has an extensive Peoples Temple archive. Jonestown memorial service Using the photos from the California Historical Society archives, Kathy Tropp Barbour created wonderful photos with names. She brings them to the annual Jonestown Memorial Service held each year on November 18 at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland. Four panels listing every person who died in Guyana on November 18, 1978 were placed on the graveside on May 30, 2011. One hundred twenty-five survivors, family members, and close friends contributed to create and place the panels. This is the original tombstone placed at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, California shortly after those who perished in Jonestown were buried on the site, in 1979.
 
 

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