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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 9, Virtual item 8, Q191 - Part 3- Jones rehearses community in reporters’ questions

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_09.08 Part 3


  • Digitized: August 8, 1978


Summary Note

According to Jim Jones, this three-hour tape is one of supreme importance to the Jonestown community. Visitors are coming to Jonestown - he makes a reference to Don Freed, a Hollywood screenwriter who became a friend of the project, but he also plays the role of a somewhat hostile or skeptical reporter as he poses his questions to residents - and he wants to be sure people are prepared. There is some evidence that this tape was made in two separate sessions, and perhaps on two separate days. In the first part, Jones addresses questions to community members - principally to Carl Glouster Hall, a 74-year-old black male, whose answers Jones applauds more than criticizes - and the leader invites other people in the crowd to take turns at the microphone to ask questions. About three-quarters through the tape, however, Jones invites people to submit their questions in writing to take up on a future occasion - "I think that's about it, because we got to close" - and soon afterwards, the tape turns to a series of questions that Jones reads and then answers himself. Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Physical Description Note

Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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