Tomorrow in the SF Fillmore district, on the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre, there will be an event to remember Peoples Temple.
From speaker and organizer Prof. James Taylor:
“On November 18, 2018, the executive leadership of ‘San Francisco Beautiful’ and the NCLF will announce details of a public bid for proposals to dedicate a fitting monument on Fillmore Street next to the McDonald’s, to ‘The Peoples Temple/Victims and Survivors of Jonestown.’ Ideally, the marker would be at the site of Peoples Temple, but it is in the community, on the same street where Peoples Temple once called home, (since the U.S. Postal Service occupies the actual site of the Temple at 1859 Geary). The event theme is ‘Homecoming: A Day of Atonement in the Fillmore, Reclaiming Heritage in San Francisco.’ Its aim is to come full circle with this painful past, to call people back to the Fillmore and San Francisco on this day, to extend and mark a public space in San Francisco, and to place the City of San Francisco on the right side of how Peoples Temple might be preserved and publicly presented as part of the city’s past, no matter how deeply painful, for future generations of visitors, students, new residents, researchers, and leaders to understand.
These community-based organizations and their public and private partners recognize the 40th year since Jonestown and the end of Peoples Temple for the milestone observation that it is for the community, for the City of San Francisco, for any media or remaining public interest, and most particularly for surviving families scattered throughout the country. Weather permitting, participants will walk together, hand in hand, step by step, arm in arm, from 1859 Geary Blvd. at 2:00 pm, following a media press statement, down Fillmore to the Mini Park at Fillmore St., between Turk and Golden Gate. People who are not able or inclined to participate in the walk, can join the program that begins at 2:30 pm and continue to partake of live music, food, prayer and the reclaiming and dedication of space in the Fillmore/Western Addition.”