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  • Peoples Temple Collection (1972-1990)

Shirley Smith with a microphone

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Shirley Smith with a microphone
March 1972
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Shirley Smith holds a microphone. She wears a blue dress of the sort worn by choir members in this congregation. Smith sang the number "He's Able" on the Peoples Temple album of the same name. On the left is a man with a strap over one shoulder and across the back of his suit coat that probably holds a guitar. He is likely Jack Arnold Beam Jr. 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. 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; Choir members; Benjamin Franklin Junior High School; San Francisco; Shirley Smith; He's Able (song); Jack Beam
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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