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Father Divine
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(c. 1880 – Sep 10, 1965, Philadelphia), African American religious leader who founded the Peace Mission movement. Born George Baker, in 1914 he took the name Major J. Divine and started his movement in New York, from where it spread nationwide. Banquet meals, served without cost to all comers, were a central part of the movement that drew a large following during the Great Depression. The movement also provided inexpensive housing and jobs in many movement-owned businesses. Divine's followers…

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Maxson, Rachel E., “Father Divine”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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