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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 a brief description 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 and suggestions are welcomed.

Please use the Suggestion Form to submit new information or to suggest corrections or new entries in the NKAA database. We really do want to hear from you.

Did You Know?...

In 1899, Woody Headspeth was considered the "fastest colored rider in the country," except for the Major [Marshall W. Taylor].  Headspeth, a bicyclist, was born in Kentucky, grew up in Indanapolis, IN, and competed in the U.S. before becoming an expatriate in Europe where he competed in various countries. He died a destitute in Lisbon, Portugal after being rescued by the Red Cross from his temporary home in Paris, France, during the German occupation.  For more see the Woody Headspeth entry.

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