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Father Divine Birthplace

Middle Lane

 

óRockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour ó

 
Father Divine Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 14, 2011
1. Father Divine Birthplace Marker
Inscription.
Father Divine was an influential and charismatic religious leader and founder of the International Peace Mission Movement.

Father Divine was born in 1879 on Middle Lane as George Baker, Jr. and attended the Rockville and Jerusalem M.E. Church. He later relocated to New York, calling himself Reverend Major Jealous Divine or Father Divine. He believed he was God manifest and preached in churches, houses and on street corners. While Father Divineís religious views were radical, his efforts at supporting the needy and challenging racial barriers were successful. He was an early proponent of racial equality, pushing for anti-discrimination legislation in Congress in the 1940s.

The Peace Mission Movement is still in existence and strives to help people in need. They operated a number of model farms and hotels throughout the country, some of which still exist. The Peace Missionís headquarters are at the Woodmont Estate (see photo above) in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.
 
Erected by City of Rockville Historic District Commission, Dept. of Community Planning and Development Services. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour marker series.
 
Location.
Father Divine Birthplace Marker - visible below the blue light image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 14, 2011
2. Father Divine Birthplace Marker - visible below the blue light
at the entrance to the parking garage, center right.
39° 5.11′ N, 77° 9.14′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Middle Lane east of N. Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 E. Middle Lane, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montgomery Avenue and Washington Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Galilean Temple (about 400 feet away); Hebron House and Print Shop (about 400 feet away); Gibbs v. Broome, et al/1931 Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Rockville (about 500 feet away); Red Brick Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant Church and Parsonage (about 500 feet away); Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church - Jerusalem/Mount Pleasant (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockville.
 
Also see . . .  Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour - Site 16. (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Notable Persons
 
Father Divine - close up of illustration on marker image. Click for full size.
3. Father Divine - close up of illustration on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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