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  • Peoples Temple Collection (1972-1990)

Jack Beam Jr. holding microphone, 1972

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Jack Beam Jr. holding microphone, 1972
March 1972
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Jack Arnold Beam Jr. may be singing as he holds the microphone. A saxophone, with the player out of frame, is on the left, and between the man and the instrument are choir members. Other unidentified choir members are on the right behind the man with the microphone, and the man in the light shirt near the right of the frame is likely Mike Prokes, and the woman directly behind Beam to the left is likely Anita Christine Ijames Kelley. The yellow curtains and white brick background identify this as Benjamin Franklin Junior High School, where Peoples Temple held services as early as 1970 before eventually moving to their own location down the street. The numbers "15-1" are written on the back of the photograph. This photograph is from the "Healings" album in the Peoples Temple Collection. Written on the inside front cover are the names Royal Mershon and Lula Mae Mershon. The date is from the developer's mark on the back, "Mar 72P."
Jonestown; Peoples Temple; Choirs; Choristers; Singers; Benjamin Franklin Junior High School; San Francisco; Mike Prokes; Jack Beam Jr.; Anita Ijames Kelley
1430 Scott Street
California - San Francisco - Fillmore District
© Stephan Jones. Permission to publish has been granted the SDSU Library.
  • Peoples Temple Collection (1972-1990)
Photographic print; color
3.5 inches X 3.5 inches
  • San Diego State University Library and Information Access, Special Collections and University Archives
James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones
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