Indianapolis Recorder Articles about Jones and Peoples Temple

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Jim Jones and Peoples Temple ministered among the poor and disenfranchised of Indianapolis, a midwestern city that was deeply divided by race. As an integrated religious community during this era, Peoples Temple was featured in the leading African American newspaper in the state of Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Recorder began publishing in 1895 and remains one of the longest-running African American newspapers in the United States. The digital archives of the Indianapolis Recorder can be found at the Indiana University library website.


“Peoples Temple Church Weathers Hate Threats.” Indianapolis Recorder, November 12, 1955, p. 1 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“Peoples Temple is Completely Interracial and Interdenominational.” Indianapolis Recorder, November 10, 1956, p 6 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“Interracial Church Aids Race Relations.” Indianapolis Recorder, December 1, 1956, p. 7 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“NAACP Gets its first white member.” Indianapolis Recorder, February 16, 1957, p. 1 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“Militant Pastor Wins Fight for Draft Exemption.”Indianapolis Recorder, March 2, 1957, p. 16 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“White Pastor Plans Program to Increase Mixed Worship.” Indianapolis Recorder, November 12, 1960, p. 1 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“Worshipers Move to Football Field for Communion.” Indianapolis Recorder, September 9, 1961, p. 1 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“Volunteer Workers of Peoples Temple Help Other Groups.” Indianapolis Recorder, September 23, 1961, p.  6- Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“White Couple Adopt.” Indianapolis Recorder, November 18, 1961, p. 1 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“Interracial Peoples Temple Receives Grant from UCMS.” Indianapolis Recorder, November 18, 1961, p. 1 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“World Crisis Conference Continues at Peoples Temple.” Indianapolis Recorder, November 17, 1962, p. 7 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“Special Interracial Children’s Program.” Indianapolis Recorder, April 25, 1964, p. 7 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“White Liberal Suffers Abuse from ‘Both Sides”: Still Struggles On.” Indianapolis Recorder, July 25, 1964, p. 2 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“Rev. James Jones to Return to the City for Two Services.” Indianapolis Recorder, July 24, 1971, p. 7 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive

“Come-See-Hear Rev. Jim Jones at Peoples Temple.” Indianapolis Recorder, October 9, 1971, p. 7 – Transcript || Annotation || Archive