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.

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Commonwealth v. Poindexter, &c.

The following is a summary of the Kentucky Court of Appeals opinion Commonwealth v. Poindexter, 133 Ky. 720, 118 S.W. 943 (Ky. 1909).~ In 1909, C. H.…

African Americans Returning to the U.S from Honduras [Jimmy Johnson]

Jimmy Johnson was born in either 1911 or 1913 in Louisville, KY, and lived at 99 W. Springfield Street in Roxbury, MA. Not many African Americans from…

Carroll County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Carroll County is located in north-central Kentucky along the Ohio River, bordered by four counties. One of the smallest counties in the state, it was…

Jones, James Henry "Jim"

Jim Jones, from Bullitt County, KY, was the son of Nelson and Sallie Jones. He moved to Louisville, KY, in the 1890s and was a servant for the family…

Mullins, By, et al. v. Belcher

During the 1910-11 school year, Pike County school trustee Edmond Belcher notified the guardian of Troy and Loucreta Mullins that the children could…

African American Schools in Madisonville and Hopkins County, KY

According to the 1866 Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, there wasone colored school in Hopkins County. See the Freedmen…

White, William Henry, and Frozene Campbell White

William H. White, an AME minister and journalist, was born in Cynthiana, KY, the son of William and Fannie Alexander White. In 1947, Rev. White was…

Carter County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Carter County is located in northeastern Kentucky and is surrounded by six counties. It was formed in 1838 from parts of Greenup and Lawrence…

Casey County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Casey County was created from Lincoln County in 1806, and is named for William Casey, the great-grandfather of Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain]. William…

African American Shoe Makers in Kentucky [not Lexington]

The following is a list of shoe makers from the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, except where noted. These are shoe makers who were born in Kentucky or lived…