Rev His Grace King Louis Herbert Narcisse

Rev His Grace King Louis Herbert Narcisse

Birth
Gretna, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 3 Feb 1989 (aged 67)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Richmond, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Plot Mausoleum #2 Crypt 532 South Wall
Memorial ID 158921066 · View Source
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King Louis H. Narcisse was the founder and self-declared monarch of the Mount Zion Spiritual Temple of Detroit and Oakland, California. Born in Louisiana, King Louis moved to San Francisco during World War II, where he found work in the Hunter's Plant shipyards. In 1945 he opened a storefront church in West Oakland, which soon became a spiritual center for the city's African-American community. King Louis was a talented Gospel singer who recorded many albums for Bay Area-based labels, and a charismatic religious leader who emphasized the power of healing and forgiveness in the Christian tradition, using the slogan, "It's Nice to Be Nice." He eventually became wealthy and influential, living in a mansion in the tony Piedmont district, owning several limousines, and decking himself out in silk robes and expensive jewelry. Crowning himself "King" in 1955, Narcisse became an influential figure, broadcasting a national radio show and meeting with powerful Bay Area politicians. He is remembered today as a flamboyant African-American spiritual leader in the style of Father Divine or Daddy Grace, and a Gospel singer who worked with such notable figures as Mahalia Jackson and "Little Richard" Penniman.


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  • Created by: Mikal
  • Added: 4 Mar 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 158921066
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev His Grace King Louis Herbert Narcisse (27 Apr 1921–3 Feb 1989), Find a Grave Memorial no. 158921066, citing Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond, Contra Costa County, California, USA ; Maintained by Mikal (contributor 46505236) .