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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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Dr. James W. Hammons was the first African American physician to practice medicine at Central Baptist Hospital, in Lexington, KY, and he was the first African American member of the Kentucky Medical Association. He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned his master's degree in 1954; Hammons was the first African American admitted to the medical department [public health bacteriology]. He was the first osteopathic doctor in the country to belong to a medical association in 1969. For more see the full NKAA entry.
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