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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Slavery in Kentucky (titles and collections)

Listed below are selected non-fiction titles and collections that focus on the history of slavery in Kentucky (the state as a whole). This is not…

Helen Morrison Photographs of Kentucky African Americans (Newberry Library)

Starting in 1935, photographer Helen Balfour Morrison from Evanston, IL, came to Kentucky where she photographed African Americans who lived in Zion…

Liberia as I found it in 1858 (book)

In 1858, Rev. Alexander M. Cowan traveled to Liberia, he was an agent of the Kentucky Colonization Society. In the general remarks, Rev. Cowan gives a…

Snorton, Hickman Matthew "Matt"

Matt Snorton was an athlete who was born in Crofton, KY in 1942. He would eventually return to Christian County to become the Disaster and Emergency…