From AP:

A Northern California judge has denied a motion seeking to block further use of a newly completed memorial to the victims of the 1978 mass murder and suicide at Jonestown.

The ruling Thursday by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert McGuiness will allow Oakland’s Evergreen Cemetery to host a planned dedicate ceremony at the site on Sunday.

Jynona Norwood, a Los Angeles minister who lost 27 relatives at Jonestown, filed a lawsuit May 12 alleging that the cemetery violated an agreement with her for an alternative tribute to the victims. She objects to the new memorial’s inclusion of Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones’ name among the 917 others who died.

In his ruling, McGuiness said that denying access to the memorial would cause “substantial harm” to those who wish to gather there to honor the victims.

More from the Oakland Tribune and Bay Citizen.

Jynona Norwood’s Jonestown Memorial site here.

Judge Rejects Attempt to Block Jonestown Memorial 26 May,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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