Jimmy Jones moved to Indianapolis in the 1950s. An advocate of
racial equality, he founded
Temple, where blacks and
whites worshiped together. The "Rev. Jim Jones"
sold monkeys to
funds for the church.
(Bob Doeppers / Indianapolis News)
On October 3, 1978, Jim Jones, his wife Marceline and some
followers moved to California.
(John O'Hara / The Chronicle)
The first Peoples Temple in California was in Redwood Valley in
This site was later called the "Sunshine Center."
(AP / The Chronicle, File 1979)
Jim Jones, who followers thought could heal them, is touched by
members of the
in Los Angeles, the location of his
(California Historical Society / 1974)
Back in San Francisco, the preacher ingratiated himself with city
leaders and the media.
which included many poor
blacks, helped with the campaigns of
George Moscone and other
Jim Jones also donated money to social
groups and gave
grants to newspapers.
(Stephanie Maze / The Chronicle)
The Rev. Jim Jones (right) and Rev. Dr. A. E. Ubalde, Jr. (left)
were appointed to the
Commission by S.F. Mayor
George Moscone in 1976.
(Clem Albers / The Chronicle)
The Rev. Jim Jones
Chronicle reporter Marshal Kilduff collaborated with writer Phil
Tracy on a 1977 expose that
beatings and fake "cancer
healings" and reported that the temple had forced
members to turn
over millions from savings accounts and the sale of their homes.
Maze / The Chronicle)
Not long after the publication of Marshall Kilduff's piece, Jim
Jones and his followers left for
Guyana in 1977.
for the move begin behind the Peoples Temple in S.F.
/ The Chronicle)