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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Green, Emma Cason

Emma Cason Green, born in North Middletown, KY, was the daughter of James and Rebecca Cason. Her husband was Charles Green, also from Bourbon County.…

Kentucky Classical and Business College (North Middletown, KY)

The student body at the Kentucky Classical and Business College, located in North Middletown, KY, was white. The preparatory and music school had a…

White, Lillian Nareen

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Lillian Nareen White was an outstanding athlete in track and basketball at Georgetown High School [the school merged into Scott County High School in…

Dean, Dora [Dora Dean Babbige Johnson]

Dora Dean Babbige Johnson, whose birth name was Dora Babbige, was born in Covington, KY. She was known in vaudeville as "The Black Venus." She was…

McKinney, William "Bill"

William B. McKinney, who was born and died in Cynthiana, KY, was a drummer. He served in the U.S. Army during WWI, then played with a circus band…

Morton, Lena B.

Lena Beatrice Morton, an educator and a scholar, was born in Flat Creek, KY, the daughter of Susie and William Morton. The family temporarily settled…

Mason, Melvin T. "Mel"

Melvin T. Mason, a civil rights activist and an educator, was born and raised in Providence, KY. His family moved to Seaside, CA, where Mason was an…

Semmes, LaVaughn "Bonnie" Taylor

LaVaughn Taylor Semmes was born in Carrollton, KY, the daughter of Paul B. and Lucille Jackson Taylor. She grew up in Lafayette, IN. In 2000 she was…

Malone, Beverley L.

Beverley L. Malone was born in Hardin County, KY. She is a past and the present chief executive officer of the National League of Nursing. Her prior…

Blanton, John W.

John W. Blanton, born in Louisville, KY, was the son of John O. and Carolyn Steward Blanton. He was a retired General Electric Aircraft Engines…