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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 14, Virtual Item 7, Q359-1 - Jones, Prokes extol Jonestown in two radio messages | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 14, Virtual Item 7, Q359-1 - Jones, Prokes extol Jonestown in two radio messages
October, 1978

With the assistance of Temple publicist Mike Prokes, Jim Jones records two messages – for two very different audiences – extolling the virtues of Jonestown. The first is for a Guyana audience, and closes with an invitation to learn more about the Temple’s agricultural project by writing to a Georgetown post office box. The second is for the remaining Temple members in the U.S., and while Jones reiterates several of the points he made for local consumption, there are more features of a typical Jones’ address from his years in the States, including political analyses, healings and prophecies, and – almost unique in the tapes recorded in Guyana – religious references that his Christian followers would understand and appreciate.

The tape is different form other tapes from the period in another respect: Jones’ voice is strong and confident, without the hesitations, slurred speech or moments of seeming bewilderment which increasingly characterized the Jonestown recordings in the final months of the community’s existence. He may be reading the messages from a prepared script, but there is an air of spontaneity which suggests that he is not.

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

Phys. Desc:
Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
ms-0183_14.07 Part 1
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