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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.
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One strand of the African American migration from the south to northern cities were musicians who were seeking more opportunities and larger venues that would give them greater exposure and recognition. These were individuals who made their living playing musical instruments. Most of the musicians were men who lived in Chicago in the late 1800s up to the end of the 1940s. For more see the full NKAA entry.
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