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  • Your Church’s preacher’s name’s “sweet daddy”?
    Sweet baby jebus…would make for great reality tv fodder

  • Why a marker for a guy that’s family has demanded tithes from poor black families all over DC for at least 100 years and is arguably one of the wealthiest slumlords/poor folks robbers in the city(next to the gov).

  • The marker leaves out his opposition to the Logan Circle bike lane project of 1939.

  • In the early 1960’s my family lived at 1508 13th Street, N.W., right around the corner from his residence. His church used to have huge parades down 13th Street that were so exciting for me as a little kid. There would be bands with drums, trombones, tubas and band members in colorful uniforms. My whole family would stand in our front yard and watch the bands march down the street. And the convertible Cadillacs filled with church deacons or beautiful young women drive slowly past our house. As I recall, people used to rush out into the street and kiss his hand. And they didn’t call him “Daddy Grace,” they called him “SWEET Daddy Grace” because his sermons were so sweet. We didn’t attend his church, but from what I overheard from friends of my parents he was very charismatic. Black preachers weren’t seen as money-hungry leeches like some of them are now. People needed something to believe in and he was exciting and could preach a good sermon. People were proud to have a preacher that had a lot of money (even if it was coming from their tithes). If I can remember, this was 1960 to 1965? Sometimes when we walked past his house he would be standing in the front yard. He fascinated us with his really long fingernails and regal demeanor. He was nice to us and always had a warm hello for us little kids. I walk through Logan Circle every weekday on my way to work now and sometimes I look back at his old house and just smile at how innocent live in D.C. was during those years.

  • Interesting (though old — it’s from 1995) City Paper article on the history of UHOP:
    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/6686/a-house-divided

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