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Ministry of Father Divine had roots in Baltimore

Ministry of Father Divine had roots in Baltimore

An elderly woman who rarely talked about her past died earlier this month in a lavish mansion outside Philadelphia, a mansion that was once the center of a religious movement that claimed anywhere from two to 10 million followers.

Her death marks what will most likely be the closing chapter in a story with origins right here in Baltimore.

Sweet Angel Divine, or Mother Divine as she was known to followers of the International Peace Mission, was 91 when she died March 4. She was the widow of the Rev. Major Jealous Divine, aka Father Divine. Some say he was born in Georgia, others in Rockville, Md.; Father Divine resolutely declined to say. The man apparently born George...