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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Bryant, Clarence W.

Clarence W. Bryant, born in Covington, KY, was a famous winning jockey who had ridden for the well-known turfman, Byron McClelland (1855-1897), from…

Stoval, John

John Stoval was a winning jockey born in Louisville, KY. He rode six times in the Kentucky Derby, his two best rides were 3rd place finishes riding…

Conley, Jess

Jess Conley, considered the last African American jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby, was actually one of the last. Conley finished 3rd aboard…

Cato (slave jockey) [Grey Eagle v Wagner]

On Monday, September 30, 1839, the infamous race between the Virginia-bred horse Wagner and the Kentucky-bred horse Grey Eagle took place at the…

Crump, Steven

Steven Crump, a news reporter and an award-winning documentary filmmaker, was born in Louisville, KY. He has won a number of awards for his work.…

Murrell, Peter

Peter Murrell was born in Virginia and lived in Glasgow, KY. He was a wagoner and a church leader. He had attended the white Baptist Church in…

Burley, James M.

James M. Burley was probably one of the first African American jewelers and watchmakersin Georgetown, Louisville,Paris, and Lexington,KY. His business…

Lampton Street Baptist Church in Louisville [Spencer Taylor]

Spencer Taylor, a carpenter, organized the church and led the services of the Lampton Street Baptist Church, founded in 1866 in Louisville, KY.…

Martin, Clarence B.

Clarence B. Martin, a native of Alabama, played high school basketball at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, AL. In college, he played…