Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

June 8, 2011

Controversial Monument to Victims of Jim Jones




      A $45,000 granite monument, honoring the victims of the 1978 mass murder/suicide at Jonestown, Guyana, was dedicated on May 29, 2011.  

     More than four hundred unidentified and unclaimed victims are buried in a mass grave at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, California, where the monument is located. Names of nine-hundred plus victims are etched on its granite.

     A motion was filed—by whom, it wasn’t stated in the media I read—to block the Jonestown memorial because it includes the name of Peoples Temple leader, Jim Jones, along with the nine hundred seventeen of his victims who died. 

     Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert McGuinness denied the motion, saying it would cause substantial harm to those who wish to gather there to honor the victims.

      The events of September 11, 2001, contained a similar controversy. Among the dead were the terrorists. Should their names be listed as fatalities of Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania? Some thought not. Each had their reasons.

     A memorial park is being constructed around the site of Flight 93’s crash. Do you think that the names of the terrorists should be included in the list of fatalities? Why, or why not?  Use the comment box below to express your opinion.





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1 Comment »

  1. Hi**

    This is DDT
    I want to know if there is a list of names of the 918 people that died in the Jones town mass? I want to know if someone I know was there, with out having to call the family. I have been in there place and it’s not fun… Take It From Me…. I use to live in K town…

    Comment by DDT — July 18, 2011 @ 5:05 am | Reply

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