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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 28, Q645, Jim Jones interview with Cecil Williams (April 1976) (Partially duplicates Q 683) | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 28, Q645, Jim Jones interview with Cecil Williams (April 1976) (Partially duplicates Q 683)

This tape is a recording made off the air of an interview between Jim Jones and Cecil Williams, the minister of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. The interview was also recorded by Temple members present at the studio as Part 3 of Q 683, but this recording is of better quality with fewer interruptions.

Williams apparently hosts a regular television program, and in this edition, the two men talk about the political lightning rods of the day – such as Dennis Banks, Angela Davis and Bill Farr – and the role of support that Peoples Temple has given in their causes. Jones emphasizes that the support didn’t come just from him, but from the whole congregation. The membership figure he gives includes 8000 in San Francisco, 10,000 in L.A., and an unknown number in Central Valley towns of Fresno and Bakersfield.

Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
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