From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Keas, Samuel G.

(born: 1812) Samuel Keas was a land owner, farmer and cattle owner. Keas Street in Smithville [Montgomery County, KY] is named for him. In 1878 he became the first pastor and namesake for the Keas Tabernacle C.M.E. Church in Mt. Sterling. Along with Bishop Miles, from Louisville, and with the aid of Mrs. Eliza Magowan and Mr. Willis Magowan, the church was organized in a former school building. Future additions to this small church would be built around the existing structure, but the footprint remains the same, even today. Samuel Keas was a well-known and respected preacher prior to the Civil War, serving as a beacon to the black community in Montgomery County.

On August 17, 1856 he conducted a baptism at Lublegrud Creek in Montgomery County. He performed the marriage of Patsy Magowan to Edward Howard on September 18, 1858. Samuel and his wife, Nannie [Rebecca], had three children: daughters Amanda and Betty and son Allen. This entry was submitted by Holly Hawkins of the Montgomery County Historical Society. Courtesy: Jane D. Hawkins, Montgomery County Kentucky Bicentennial.

For more information, see online the National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form for Keas Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church [.pdf]; "Keas Tabernacle CME Church" on p. 245 in African American Historic Places, by B. L. Savage; and mention of Allen Keas and Keas Tabernacle in the column, "Religious," in the Mt. Sterling Advocate, 10/31/1899, p. 8, and 06/03/1902, p. 7. For information on Samuel Keas as pastor of the C.M.E. Center Street Church in Louisville, KY, see p. 156 in The History of the CME Church (Revised), by O. H. Lakey. For information on the prior history of the Keas Tabernacle C.M.E. Church, see the Mt. Sterling Station (Church) entry in the NKAA Database.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Center Street Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church
NKAA Source: African American historic places
NKAA Source: The Mt. Sterling advocate (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The History of the CME Church (revised)

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NKAA Entry:  African American Schools in Mt. Sterling and Montgomery County, KY
NKAA Entry:  Mt. Sterling Station (Church) [Colored Members]
NKAA Entry:  Kentucky Colored Conference (Methodist Episcopal Church, South)
NKAA Entry:  Mt. Sterling Colored Library (Montgomery County, KY)
NKAA Entry:  Botts, Henry [Bason]

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