It started out as an inspirational story. In 1955, a young reverend named Jim Jones rented a building in a neighborhood of Indianapolis with hopes of starting a new regional group based on racial tolerance.
The Wings of Deliverance, as he called it, set out to become a racially-mixed church. A year later, Jones renamed the church Peoples Temple, and it became known for its social activism. From running a soup kitchen to offering services for the disabled, the Peoples Temple was a model for societal equality.
Little did anyone know that the Peoples Temple would one day mark one of the most well known religious massacres.