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There are more notable African Americans with Kentucky roots and ties than any one person knows about. Very little has been written about many of them, and it is a challenge to find what was written in the past. For some, their stories have only been told by word of mouth. The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (NKAA) has been developed as a finding aid to bring together brief descriptions of pertinent names, places, and events, and to list the sources where additional information may be found. This is not currently an all-inclusive database, but we are working toward that goal, so suggestions are welcomed.

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William C. Craine, born in Harrodsburg, KY, is listed in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census as an actor. At the time, Craine was living in Chicago on Evanston Avenue in a boarding house along with other actors and entertainers. Craine, who was also a singer, a tenor, had sung with and managed the Shattuck and Mendelsohn Quartettes. He was the principal tenor soloist with the Big Minstrel Festival in 1899. The prior year, he was with Harry Martell's Company "South Before the War."  For more see the full NKAA entry.

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