Father Divine points to a sign reading "Crum Elbow, Private, No Tresspassing," Dutchess County, New York, 1938
- Father Divine points to a sign reading "Crum Elbow, Private, No Tresspassing," Dutchess County, New York, 1938
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- [July 1938]
- Los Angeles Times
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Father Divine (c. 1876–1965), also known as Reverend M. J. Divine, was an African-American spiritual leader from about 1907, until his death. His full self-given name was Reverend Major Jealous Divine, and he was also known as "the Messenger" early in his life. He founded the International Peace Mission movement, formulated its doctrine, and oversaw its growth from a small and predominantly black congregation into a multiracial and international church. Due to his ideology, many consider him to be a cult leader.
Howland Spencer made a gift of his share of Crum Elbow, a 500 acre estate, to Father Divine of Harlem and sold the rest for his relatives. The estate was opposite of that of President Roosevelt’s mother.
Reported in: “Roosevelt foe laude Divine,” Los Angeles Times, 30 Jul. 1938: 2.
Father Divine points to a sign on the Crum Elbow estate. He is accompanied by a woman and a boy and a girl, perhaps his wife and children.
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