Several thousand gathered at God's White House at the intersection of Sixth and M Street NW yesterday to view the open casket of Bishop S.C. "Daddy" Madison, the longtime leader of the powerful and wealthy United House of Prayer.
Look for intense competition among those who want to be his successor, which would mean taking the national reins of a 1.5 million-member organization with assets that include five churches in the District as well as a significant amount of real estate. Several development types were seen at Madison's wake yesterday, and no doubt others will show at the funeral at noon today.
Madison was also a longtime resident of Ward 4, so don't be surprised if Mayor Adrian M. Fenty shows to offer his condolences, after all Fenty did represent the ward for a moment on his way to the mayor's chair.
While church members were in mourning, some nearby residents were in a huff. House of Prayer members got permits to park on Sunday while those across the street were not so lucky. "I have four children and I am going to have to walk four blocks tomorrow to get my car," one resident complained.
The D.C. Department of Public Works didn't issue tickets to those who were towed to make room for Bishop Madison's horse-drawn carriage and the procession of church leaders.
Hamil R. Harris