Rev. Prince Cornelius Keal

He was one of Monroe's Greatest Pulpiteers!

The Reverend Prince Cornelius Keal was born in Catahoula parish, near Deer Creek in 1885. At the age of 20 he announced his calling to preach in 1906 in 1911 he was called to organized the Aim Well Baptist Church between Rayville and Oak Ridge, La.

The same year he baptized 32 persons. Served as pastor of the First Baptist and Tabernacle Baptist Churches for four decades spanning 1935 to his death in 1975. He was a major political force in the Black community and was very influential in church circles as the President of the BB and O Association.

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Obituary Notes:

The Reverend Keal was born to the late Freedman and Lillie Keal on February 5, 1885 in Catahoula Parish, the first of twelve children. He became a member of the New Zion Baptist Church at an early age. He was baptized by Reverend Finish. He was ordained into the ministry in 1905. He served as pastor of several churches in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. He was united in holy matrimony to Sophia Rollins and to this union two children were born, Lillie and Joycie. He later married Mrs. Rebecca Keal who preceded him in death. The Reverend William R. Ellis preached his funeral sermon.[1]
  1. ^ Official Funeral Program of Rev. Prince Cornelius Keal. In the personal collection of Roosevelt Wright, Jr., Monroe, La. 1975.