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A photo of Bishop Charles M. Grace, a Cape Verdean American pastor and community leader who was born in the 1880s and died in 1960.

This photo of Bishop Charles Grace, or Marcelino Manuel da Graça, depicts a prominent Cape Verdean American member of New Bedford society who founded the United House of Prayer in New Bedford. Massachusetts’s large Cape Verdean and Portuguese communities originated with the whaling industry. Ships would replenish their crews with stops in the Azores (Portugal) and Cape Verde; upon returning to Massachusetts, these crew members often settled and sent for their families.