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 Schools in Mason County, KY

According to Kentucky author Marion B. Lucas, freemen in Maysville, Kentucky, opened a school prior to the end of the Civil War. After the war, there…

Morton, Donna Jean Hughes

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Donna Morton, from Lexington, KY, was the first woman hired as a police instructor at Eastern Kentucky University. She was an instructor-coordinator…

African American Schools - Kentucky, 1866

In 1866, there was a new law for the benefit of the Negroes and Mulattoes of the Commonwealth; all taxes from these persons were set aside in a…

African American Schools in Earlington, KY (Hopkins County)

Earlington Colored School was open as early as 1891; it was mentioned in a special report, "Masons Made - Mass Meetings - Visitors." Freeman,…

Isom, Bob and Albert

The Isom brothers, Robert L. "Bob" (d.1897) and Albert "Bert", were Kentucky jockeys. They were referred to as light-weight jockeys, and are…

African American Schools - Kentucky, 1886

The Colored School System covered about 112 of the 120 counties. Many of the colored schools were actually school sessions being held for three to…

Leavell, Louis A.

Louis A. Leavell was a teacher, a lawyer, and an inventor. He was a teacher inColored District "A" in Lancaster, KY, in 1898. He was removed from the…

African American Schools in Lincoln County, KY

Between 1866 and 1870, there was a Freedmen School in Crab Orchard, KY [see NKAA entry Freedmen Schools, Kentucky]. It was one of the earlyschools for…

Spicer, Jack, Sr.

In 1918, Jack Spicer, Sr.was sworn in as the coroner ofLee County, KY, which made him the first African American to hold an office in the county…

Kentucky African American Musiciansin Illinois (Chicago)

Onestrand ofthe African American migrationfrom the south to northern cities involved musicians who wereseeking more opportunities andlarger venues…