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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Miles, Henry

Henry Miles was born in Samuels, KY. He was the son and one of the three children of Henry and Mattie Skinner Miles [sources: 1910 U.S. Census; and…

Miles, William Henry

William Henry Miles was born in Springfield, KY, the slave of Mrs. Mary Miles, who died in 1854 and willed William his freedom--but he was not freed…

McDonald, Earl

Earl McDonald, born October 2, 1885 in Louisville, KY. He was a musician and founder of the Original Louisville Jug Band in 1902. The group was named…

McLeod, J. D.

In 1879, J. D. McLeod was appointed Government Store-keeper at Covington, KY. The appointment was made during the administration of the newly elected…

Asher v Huffman

Seven-year-old Bruce Asher was the son of Boyd and Hattie Asher. His parents wanted him to attend the school for whites in Leslie County, KY. He…

Mrs. Stokes's Negro Ball

New York millionaire Mrs. W. E. D. Stokes was owner of the Patchen Wilkes Farm, located three miles outside of Lexington, KY, on Winchester Pike. She…

Bingham, Chantel R. Brown [Depp]

Chantel Brown Bingham was born in Versailles, KY, the daughter of Charles E. Brown Jr. and Geraldine Collins Brown. She is the first African American…

Anderson, John James [AKA James S. Anderson] [Anderson's Administrator v. Darland]

Known as James S. Anderson in Kentucky, Dr. Anderson was a doctor of herbal medicine. He was described by his daughter, Irene Anderson Elder, as part…

Stoney Point (Warren County, KY)

According to author J. W. Cooke, the African American community of Stoney Point actually began in 1848 when John White died; six of his slaves were…