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 Anderson County, KY

There were colored schools in Anderson County, KY prior to the year 1900 and the exact date of the first colored school is not known. In 1880, 21 year…

Hayden, Rosa Belle

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The early 1900s saw thousands of African-Americans migrating from the rural Southern United States to urban US cities in the Northeast, Midwest, and…

Jackson, Earl, Jr.

Born in Paris, KY, the son ofEarl, Sr. andMargaret Elizabeth Cummins Jackson, Earl Jackson, Jr. was a microbiologist who retired in 1995 from…

Mitchell, George

George Mitchell, born in Louisville, KY, was a cornet player for a number of groups, including Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers. His career began…

Archives of Ontario (Canada)

The archives is a program of the Ontario Ministry of Government Services. The archives are made up of a number of collections, including government…

Charlotte Court(s) in Lexington, KY

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In 1939, Charlotte Courts was the name selected for the public housing complex for African Americans in Lexington, KY. However, the locally known name…

American/Brazilian Slaver "Kentucky" (ship)

In 1844, the slave ship Kentucky, which had been sold by Americans to Brazilians, sailed to Inhambane and Quelimane, Mozambique, Africa, under the…