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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House, Sandra Jean

Sandra Jean House was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Joe and Jamesetta McCord House. The family later moved to Cleveland, OH. It was in Ohio…

Christian Woman's Board of Missions (CWBM), Kentucky

Long before the Christian Woman's Board of Missions (Disciples of Christ) was formed, the year 1819 was the beginning of woman's missionary work as a…

Jones, Nancy "Nannie", and The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions

Nancy "Nannie" Jones was born January 8, 1860, in Hopkinsville, KY, and raised in Memphis, TN, where she attended school at Lemoyne Institute (now…

Cross, Alexander and Martha A.

Alexander Cross, born March 10, 1810, was a slave in Kentucky who would become a free man and the first missionary of any race sent to Africa by the…