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  • Joshua

    The former residence of Marcelino Manuel da Graca, aka “Sweet Daddy” Grace. He was an interesting character…

    • Shebamarie


    • textdoc

      From a 1995 Washington City Paper article on the United House of Prayer, founded by “Daddy” Grace:
      According to the Gospel of Matthew, an angel appeared in one of Joseph’s dreams and said, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.” Some 1,900 years later, in the small New England burg of New Bedford, Mass., a Portuguese immigrant named Marcelino Manoel Da Graca arrived from the Cape Verde Islands off Africa’s west coast. Starting his immigrant life as a cranberry picker, Da Graca claimed to be the vessel via which God had finally arrived upon America’s faith-battered frontier. Pointing out that his middle name was a translation of “Emmanuel,” Da Graca insisted that he was God and had come to Earth in the form of man. He changed his name to Charles Manuel Grace, aka “Sweet, Precious Daddy Grace,” and argued that biblical references to “grace” were references to himself.
      In 1926, at a cost of $39, Grace built a shack of a chapel in West Wareham, Mass., and founded the United House of Prayer for All People, Church on the Rock of the Apostolic Faith.
      His timing was impeccable and got better. Depression-era morale was abysmal, especially among Southern African-Americans migrating north, and cults’ popularity soared as charismatic leaders saw opportunity in people’s despondence. [. . .]

      “Daddy Grace had an electrifying image and people rushed to see him,” says the Rev. Cain Hope Felder, chairman of the Biblical Institute for Social Change and an expert on African-American biblical interpretation. “They’re the same people who rushed after Jesus and the prophets. All these people, they have a certain level of gullibility.”
      Grace flaunted long hair and flashy garb and staged huge revivals, faith healings, and mass baptisms—1,000 people strong—in rivers and under fire hoses. His theatrics inspired his followers to translate their awe into “love offerings,” even if their recipient wasn’t always saintlike. […]
      Grace would travel from New Bedford to Newport News, Va., and Savannah, Ga., erecting “missions,” usually in slums, and collecting money. As he wended his way south, he garnered a reputation for his purple-and-chartreuse cutaway coats and his 4-inch fingernails. [. . .]

  • wpk_dc

    Love the varied roofline, turrets, etc. Great detail!!


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