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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?...

As part of a larger ongoing project to gather information about free people of color, particularly women, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, the existence of two sisters, Louisa Warren Kleizer and Mary Malvina Kleizer, was uncovered. They owned property and were businesswomen in Paris and both sisters eventually “passed for white”. Louisa's daughter Ellen, who went by the name Ella, was the wife of New Hampshire native Charles Knight, who fought in the Civil War and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for meritorious conduct at the Battle of the Crater. For more see the full NKAA entry.

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