A small group of people gathered at the Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland to hold a memorial for the nearly 1000 people that died at the November 18, 1978 Jonestown Massacre.
The 32nd annual memorial was organized by Jynona Norwood. The San Francisco woman has been hosting the event for over thirty years. She lost 27 family members in the infamous cult killings.
A memorial wall is in the works to honor those whose lives ended at Jamestown.
The Jonestown cult members were followers of the infamous Reverend Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple that sprouted its headquarters on the streets of San Francisco in 1975 and eventually motivated a mass migration of its people to the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Guyana.
The tragic end of Jonestown came in a sudden mass suicide of all members when a California Congressman, Leo Ryan visited the site and attempted to help a few followers back stateside.
Jones, the enigmatic leader of the cult led his supporters to their death with cyanide laced kool-aid.
Over 900 temple members sipped the suicide solution that landed them in the largest human pile of death by a non natural disaster, excluding 9-11.
More information is available at the video link to the left.
More information on the event, victims and memorial fund is available at the Jonestown Memorial website.
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