Though I have photographed The Madison Livelystones Band since 1994 I did not realize that there was a second and perhaps other bands associated with The United House of Prayer For All People until yesterday when I captured The Madison Glorious Sounds at the corner of 7th and F Streets, at Penn Quarter, in NW Washington DC. Which I have photographed since 1992.
From a brief telephone interview that I conducted on Monday evening, 16 July 2007, with Corey Rogers of The Madison Glorious Sounds I learned that his band is from the United House of Prayer located at 1721 1/2 7th Street while The Madison Livelystones are from the United House of Prayer For All People which is located at 601 M Street, NW, WDC which is listed on the African American Heritage Trail.
The United House of Prayer for All People® was founded by Charles Manuel Grace, 1881 - 1960, who proclaimed himself as "Bishop" in 1919. Marcelino Manuel da Graca was born in Brava Verde in the Cape Verde Islands. In 1919 Bishop Grace built the first United House of Prayer For All People in West Wareham, Massachusetts, and incorporated the United House of Prayer for All People in Washington, D.C. in 1927.
To learn more about the history of The United House for Prayer visit their website and click HISTORY at the bottom of the page. Where listed amongst its PROPERTIES are the Madison Victorians which have fascinated me for many years.
The United House of Prayer for All People has over 100 places of worship in 23 states. The National Headquarters for the church is located in Washington, D.C.
Click the above photo to view Madison Glorious Sounds - Penn Quarter - WDC - 15 July 2007 photoset. And here is the You Tube Video.