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 Revolutionary War Soldiers, Kentucky

There were Black men who served during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). After the war, some settled in Kentucky. The exact number is not…

Pleasant, Mae Barbee Boone

Mae Barbee Boone Pleasant, born in Adairville, KY, was the daughter of Minnie Burks and Zelma Barbee. She was raised in Springfield, OH.Pleasant was…

Kentucky African American Golf Tour [Kentuckiana Amateur American Golf Tour]

From the Kentucky African American Golf Tour website: "Organized under The Kentucky African American Golf Association, Inc., the purpose of the tour…

MMA, South African Architectural Firm

In 2008, at the IdeaFestival in Louisville, KY, Luyanda Mpahlwa and Mphethi Morojele received the $100,000 Curry Stone Design Prize that is…

Willis, Edward D. (horse trainer & newspaper man)

Edward D. Willis was one of the most noted trainers in the history of harness racing and one of few African Americans to drive trotters on the Grand…

Colerane, Horace Donia, Sr.

In 1913, Horace D. Colerane, Sr. became the first African American elected to the Winchester (KY) City Council. Colerane, a minister and a plasterer,…