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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African American Schools in Muhlenberg County, KY

One of the teachers at a colored school in Muhlenberg County was William H. Ross, who left teaching in 1887 to open a grocery store. Between 1891 and…

African American Schools in Hickman County, KY

Between 1866 and 1870 there was a Freedmen School in Columbus, KY, [see NKAA entry Freedmen Schools, Kentucky]. Six Hickman County colored schools are…

Negro Motorist Green Book (serial) and Kentucky

The Negro Motorist Green Book provided African American travelers with the names and locations of businesses that welcomed their patronage. The book…

Sheffield, Arthur A., Jr.

In 1973, Arthur Sheffield, Jr. becamethe first African American fireman in Covington, KY.

Hines-Martin, Vicki

In 1994, Vicki Hines-Martin was the first African American Ph.D. graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She is the founder of…

Public Health Reports, Kentucky Colored Persons

The following information is a sample of what is available in Public Health Reports (1896-1970) concerning African Americans.Birth statistics and…

Caulder, William Francis "Jelly"

William F. Caulder was a farrier for more than 45 years. He was well respected for the work he did for some of the biggest names in the horse…

Barnes, William

William Barnes was a career serviceman who was born in Carter County, KY. He was referred to as a "noble soldier" in a 1903 newspaper biography.…

Bradley, Mollie McFarland [Midway Colored School]

Mollie M. Bradley is a historian and writer who was born in Jefferson City, TN, the daughter of Leroy and Emma Cunningham McFarland. She is past…