People: People, Nov. 13, 1950

Edna Rose Ritchings, "celestial" white wife of Negro Cultist Father Divine, told Ebony magazine that many people "wonder if we are happy together living lives of purity and chastity . . ." Wrote Mother Divine: "I am as virtuous today as the day Father took me unto himself as his spotless bride ... To be daily in the presence... is the most glorious privilege any human being could have ... I am a sample and example for all to copy if they desire to be supernaturally and eternally blessed . . . Father Divine ... is greater than any atomic...

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