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 Horsemen, Articles inKentucky Newspapers

The horse industry in Kentucky has generated billions of dollars for the state. Within Kentucky's historical newspapers are the names of African…

Colored Men's Reading Room, Frankfort, KY

In November of 1885, a group of African American mencreated a Reading Room over the barber shop of Henry Samuels on St. Clair Street in Frankfort, KY…

Thompson, Martha

Twenty-seven year old Martha Thompson,fromParis, KY,was listed in the 1910 U.S.Federal Census asan African American women who worked in the horse…

Colored Troop Regiments from Kentucky, U.S. Civil War

After the signing of the Second Confiscation and Militia Act and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, African American men were allowed to…