From Fillmore to Jonestown

Rev. Jim Jones preaches in the Peoples Temple on Geary near Fillmore.

On November 18, 1978 — 33 years ago today — 918 people from the Peoples Temple died in Jonestown. Most had followed Rev. Jim Jones to Guyana from the Fillmore. The Peoples Temple stood on Geary Boulevard just west of Fillmore Street where the post office is now located.

In a new book of poems and photographs called “Jonestown Lullaby,” former Peoples Temple insider Teri Buford O’Shea writes about the tragedy after keeping silent for 30 years.

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