The Mount of the House of the Lord
Because of the abundance of misinformation that is prevalent in many writings about FATHER DIVINE these dates that we present here should correct a portion of these errors.
By way of introduction this is what MOTHER DIVINE said before the cameras on March 6th, 2004:
"There is much to be said and a great deal to be learned about The International Peace Mission Movement and it's founder and Pastor FATHER DIVINE, since it began to take form in 1932." FATHER DIVINE and MOTHER DIVINE, whom HE married in 1882, moved to Sayville, a quiet fishing village on the south shore of Long Island, New York from Brooklyn in 1919.
"FATHER DIVINE had been a itinerant preacher, for some time, carrying the message of practical Christianity - - the reality of The kingdom of GOD on earth. HE commissioned Himself to accomplish three things:
"What HE was preaching met with a great deal of opposition. In the south HE had been handled by 32 lynch mobs. Because of this opposition HE went to Sayville to go into seclusion and be with HIS own Mind and Spirit. The home where HE and Peninnah lived became 'The Rescue Home for the poor only.' Here people were fed, clothed and housed and no one could pay a penny for the blessings they received. Thousands came and every manner of healing took place physically, mentally and spiritually - some just walking on the ground but none ever being touched by FATHER DIVINE Personally. Countless numbers received the realization that FATHER DIVINE is GOD - Jesus Christ - returned in the Fathership Degree."
This information that Ms. Bessie J. Blount was able to get is very important. As you will see her claim that the 1876 Census shows that FATHER'S Name always was M. J. Divine.
Although this is not absolute proof that the person named Divine in this census was indeed FATHER DIVINE but it is more than a high probability for these reasons:
* FATHER has stated that HE did for some time live with a light complected man in the South. The census states that Divine was a border with such a person.
* As you will see there is no mention of family or date of birth in this record as in the records that followed. We know there is no such a record.
* There is also no designation of race which FATHER would not permit.
The following are Miss Blount's letter to MOTHER DIVINE and Photostat copies of these records.
The letter relates the experience she and the librarians had in researching this material.
February 28., 1983 A.. D. F.D. 37
Atlantic Avenue and West Boulevard Newfield, New Jersey, 08344
Rev. and Mrs. M. J. Divine
Woodmont Estate Gladwyne, Penn. 19035-1021
I am in receipt of and appreciate your letter Post Marked Feb.22nd and do thank You for the special blessing of personally speaking with you this coming Sunday, March 6th at the Divine Tracy Hotel as suggested.
Most important, I am anxious to speak with you regarding my recent trip and discussion at the Macon, Georgia Genealogica1 and Historical Library and notes made regarding 'DIVINE' before 1900 which, you might want recorded for later public information and help put to rest these erroneous and misleading press releases recently circulated..
In my forensic work and investigation, frequently, I have to rely entirely upon Father and You in the interpretation of recorded information because of the document syntax and. writing customs of a particular era. This was true during my visit at the Library arid the Spiritual vibration became so high during the discussion on Father that the very atmosphere was highly charged and we could feel the actual presence of a third. person. Of course, I knew who it was and that Father was revealing facts thru the Spirit. Neither did the Library personnel nor I want to part on my return to Philadelphia. I thank You Father for the open invitation to return, and spend a week whenever convenient.
Grateful1y, your child
Bessie J. Blount
The Library where the census was searched.
The 1876 census record of DIVINE.
The next record
in the 1876 census.
This evidence firmly establishes the the year 1876 as a factor in setting the time frame of FATHER DIVINE'S work in the southern states.
If the 1876,date is accurate and FATHER was entered in the cencus count He must have been an adult at that time.
FATHER DIVINE said "I Went South ...About The Time the Jim crow Law Came out in the South... I Said, I Am Going to Break down That Wall of Partition and Bring an Abolition to the Division of Races and Colors. - "
There is other information to attest to Ms Blount's' qualifications as a document researcher. Take a look. You'll be surprised. I thank YOU, FATHER and MOTHER DIVINE that we have been able to retrieve and preserve this information.
FATHER and PENINNAH DIVINE
1882: June 6th, FATHER DIVINE Married Peninnah. Peninnah gave us this date and declared it was because of HIS Deity that She desired to be FATHER'S helpmate. FATHER DIVINE verified this date.
1893: FATHER DIVINE left Brooklyn, according to HIS own statement, and went south just after the Jim Crow Law was passed in Grover Cleveland's administration to Prove That a Man Is a Man and Not a Color, Creed or Race. He also wanted to prove that the Gospel Can Be Preached Without Purse or Script and That the Consciousness of the Presence of God Is The Source of All Supply.
Because of the stand He took, FATHER Was in the Hands of Lynch Mobs 32 Times.
1906: Joseph Isaac King, Great Uncle to Martin Luther King stated that he was with FATHER DIVINE when they visited San Francisco after the earthquake. This is the only record of this that we have but MOTHER (Sweet Angel) DIVINE stated that is was possible or even probable because it was at that time that the Holy Ghost descended on California and FATHER might very well have been there to stir things up.
1913 : MOTHER DIVINE in Washington, D. C. sings the "The Lord Has Come, O Glory To HIS Name."
#70 Lefferts Place, Brooklyn, New York"
1914-1919 During these years, to the best of our knowledge, FATHER DIVINE had a residence on Lefferts Place in Brooklyn, New York.
There was a Peace Mission Extension in the same block at #70 Lefferts Place with a public dining room that served 10 and 15 cent meals to the public during the depression years in the 1930s through to the 1950s.
FATHER DIVINE visited and lectured there 9 times that we have records of from 1939 to 1953.
The #70 Lefferts Place extension is now dedicated an Historic Landmark by The New York City Landmarks Commission.
1919: FATHER DIVINE Left Brooklyn, New York City and Established His Residence in Sayville, Long Island, New York, where, during the depression, HE fed up to 300 people a day.
The home is also now Designated as an Suffolk County Historic Landmark.
1929: "The Head of the Whole Hearst Syndicate. . . He Offered Me a Sum in Five Figures If I Would Write an Expose of the Father Divine Movement." - Archbishop William Henry (Father) Francis
1931 through 1932: The "Word of GOD Revealed," Is Recorded in the notebooks of John Lamb. The Word of GOD Revealed Was Published as 70 installments in 1974 with an introduction and conclusion.
The Following is a List of the Publications that Carried some of these Words and Works of FATHER DIVINE in the 1930s and Early 1940s.
2. The Divine Light - California;
3. The Reporter,
4. Voice Magazine;
5. New York News - New York City;
6. World Echo;
7. The Light - California;
8. The Spoken-word - New York City;
9. The Word;
10. The C. J. File;
11. The California Eagle - California;
12. The Reflector;
13. New Progress;
14. The Spokesman;
15. Metaphysical News - California,
16. Psychology and Inspiration - New York City
17. The New Day.
1931: Sayville persecution.
FATHER DIVINE'S home at 72 Macon Avenue, Sayville, L. I., N. Y., because the neighbors complained of the sounds of worship, was first surrounded and then hose lines were laid so that water could be poured in, if necessary, to quiet us down. The troopers came in several times by the front door, but could get no further than the front room for nearly an hour, as they were apparently held beck by FATHER'S Will to witness the demonstration.
1932, May 31st: Father Divine sentenced to 1 year in jail for creating a public nuisance. Three days later Judge Smith died.
Retribution Followed the Wake of Persecution in Sayville. The facts attest the law of retributive justice that is psychologically meted out according to the scientific functioning of the exorable laws of GOD.
1932: FATHER DIVINE Began the Establishment of the Many International Churches as Mr. Walter C. Lanyon and the Young Family from Australia, Among Others, Carry the Message Abroad to England, Europe and Australia.
New York City Headquarters
1933: FATHER DIVINE Established His headquarters in Harlem, New York City where He fed and housed the people. A complete meal was 10 or 15 cents and housing was $1.50 or $2.00 per week.
1934: FATHER DIVINE Began the Establishment of Peace Mission Extensions and integrated "The Promised Land," in Ulster County, Upstate New York
1936: Six Radio Broadcasts by FATHER DIVINE and The Peace Mission were presented over Station WBHI, Newark, N. J.
1936: The International Righteous Government Convention Presented FATHER DIVINE'S Righteous Government Platform in New York City and also a Righteous Government Convention was convened in Los Angeles, California.
1936: FATHER DIVINE first proposed a Federal Anti-Lynching Bill. "We Believe All Members of a Mob, Which Commits Murder, Should Receive the Full Penalty of the Law for First Degree Murder That the County Wherein the Crime is Committed Should Justly Pay the Heirs of the Deceased"
1936: The FATHER DIVINE Peace Mission Freedom Riders Were on the Move.. Integrated Bus Loads of Followers Traveled from California, Through the South to New York City and Returned Several Times under the Protection of GOD, FATHER DIVINE.
1936: Audio Records were made on 12 inch Platters and on Wax Cylinders called Dictographs.
1937: The New Day Publication Began.
1937:A Cabinet for a Secretary of Peace first proposed December 23,1937. President Eisenhower created this Cabinet in his administration.
1938: The first Peace Stamp was published. These stamps were placed on the envelopes of all correspondence from FATHER DIVINE'S office and of many of the followers. In this letter FATHER explains in detail the purpose of these many proposals made to Governments and then sent as Peace Stamps around the world. The following are some of these Peace Stamps.
1938, September 20th: "Why not propose purchase of coveted Czechoslovakian
This was the first of many Proposals made by FATHER DIVINE for world peace and brotherhood as are the next 9 on the list.
1939, December 9th: Why not unite the three Americas as a national and international defense for Peace?
1944, January 12th: For Victory let all the allies unite consolidatedly and every American citizen buy bonds unlimitedly
1944, July 6th: Let the united countries of the world
5. 1945, May 9th: I wrote Hirohito, urging him to surrender for humanity's sake and the redemption of millions of bodies.
6. 1945. August 5th: Japan surrendered unconditionally.
7. 1945, October 23rd: Buy Bonds Unlimitedly the Victory of Peace to win.
8. 1946, July 1st: Passage of an extension of forceful OPA regulations of price control
9. 1946, December 9th: I Propose that the UN accept of Philadelphia as the capital of the United. Countries of the World
10. 1947, June 11th: Bring an end to the rights of states that are unconstitutional, to have their sovereign rights.
1939: On September 3rd, 4th and 5th at the Invitation of City Officials FATHER DIVINE held huge mass meetings at "The Baker Bowl," then the Phillies Ball Park, on Lehigh Avenue and at The Music Fund Hall, 830 Locust Street, demonstrating integration and brotherly love to Philadelphia.
1939: MY following . . . at least around twenty million.- FATHER DIVINE. But Virginio Gayda, Mussolini's mouthpiece, publicly announced according to radio and press reports, that the United States could never be the leader for the other nations of the earth because of "FATHER DIVINE and HIS fifty million followers."
1940: July 1st. "We should be able to carry some two hundred to two hundred and fifty or three hundred thousand signatures representing the American people who desire to have the Anti-lynching Bill passed."
1940: The Peace Mission Movement Began the Legal Organization of the Five Established Churches with its' many branches.
1941, September 28th: The Tarrytown Estate, Tarrytown, New York, was purchased and dedicated to brotherhood and the service of humanity..
1942: FATHER DIVINE Moved His Headquarters to The Circle Mission Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania With Most of the New York City Establishments and Followers following.
1942, July 7th; The Dedication of the Brigantine Hotel, as the first in the United States, of five totally integrated first class hotels under The Peace Mission Movement, took place.
1944.; The Pine Brook Hotel, formerly, The Belmont Hotel and Country Club, in Pine Brook, New Jersey was dedicated to Democracy.
FATHER and MOTHER DIVINE
1946: On April 29th: The Marriage of The Lamb and The Bride Took Place. MOTHER DIVINE Said: "Because I Know YOU Are GOD I want to marry YOU."
1948: The first Electronic Audio Recordings were made on Wire Spools, then transferred to tape in the 1950s and now are being recorded onto CDs.
1949, February 7th: The 10 story, first class, Divine Lorraine Hotel was Dedicated in Philadelphia breaking down the segregation of the hotels of Philadelphia and finally throughout the United States. It is Now Designated as an Historic Landmark.
1949: I Proposed that Philadelphia would be accepted as the Country Seat of the United Nations of the World. FATHER DIVINE1950, July 17th:The Divine Tracy Hotel, an eight story building in the University City area Philadelphia, was dedicated.
1950, July 18th:The Divine Riviera Hotel in Newark New Jersey was dedicated.
1953: The Mount of the House of the Lord at Woodmont was dedicated. It is Now Designated a National Historic Landmark.
1963: The Divine Fairmont Hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey was dedicated.
1965: The Year of the Holy Advent, FATHER DIVINE'S Personal Sacrifice on September 10th.
1965: MOTHER DIVINE was legally recognized as Spiritual Head of the Peace Mission Churches along with FATHER DIVINE.
1968: The Shrine to Life was dedicated September 10th, 11th and 12th.
1970: "The Portal of Life Eternal", the door of the Shrine to Life was dedicated.
MOTHER DIVINE the All American becoming an American Citizn
1970: MOTHER DIVINE became an American Citizen at the Ceremony at Valley Forge Park and HER Name Sweet Angel Divine was legalized.
The Rosebud Choir at
The Divine Fairmont Hotel
1982: The Philadelphia City Council on February 4th, 1982 lauding and commending the Peace Mission Movement for over half a century of dedication and service to God and the community.
1982:The Library of Congress heading created in 1936 for Father Divine under the spurious name 'George Baker' has been corrected. Our heading now reads "Father Divine."
1992: A Computer Data Base of Published Works of FATHER DIVINE and The Peace Mission Movement was Created. with 12,764 entries and has been and is still growing.
1996: Publishing to The World Wide Web began, with FATHER DIVINE'S Messages, photographs and other Material, presented as a free gift to the world.
1998: The Mount of the House of the Lord was designated in 1998 and in 1999 dedicated, as a National Historic Landmark. by The National Park Service.
1999: The completion of phase one of the Woodmont improvement and construction plan, the Hilltop House area, was dedicated.
2000: Recorded Radio Broadcasts of FATHER and MOTHER DIVINE speaking and reading started over Station WTMR, 800 AM, From Camden N. J.
2001: The second phase of The Three Phase Construction Project was Started at Woodmont to Provide a Visitors Center and a Library to House and Display and Portray some of the Words, Works and Life of FATHER and MOTHER DIVINE and The Peace Mission Movement.
2002: Radio Station KAAY, 1090 AM, From Little Rock, Arkansas was also broadcasting the same as WTMR of Camden.
2003: The Visitors Center as phase two of the three-phase-construction-program for Woodmont was completed and dedicated April 6th, thus beginning the season of open house for the year 2003.
2006: The creation and erection of a library to hold and display material pertaining to the Work and Mission of FATHER and MOTHER DIVNE and The Peace Mission Movement began. The phase 3 program is underway.
2009: Solar Panels were erected on the Library Construction Site.
GOD is a free gift to the world. Any and all of the material on this and other pages may be copied and reproduced.
Use the material freely but respect FATHER DIVINE'S intent, which was and is, to provide us all with the keys to eternal health and happiness without cost or price. HE truly came as a free gift to the world, gratis to mankind.
It is also nice to give credit where credit is due for through the Spirit and Teaching of FATHER and MOTHER DIVINE you are and can eternally be abundantly blessed.
From all of us to all of you. we wish you, peace and love, and many blessings, and may we all ever live in unity and brotherhood and the Consciousness of GOD'S Actual Ever Presence.
True Americanism, True Brotherhood, True Christianity, True Judaism and All True Religions are synonymous and truly Our GOD is One GOD. Amen
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