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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Adams, Cyrus Field

Cyrus Field AdamsBy Reinette F. Jones05/08/2016Cyrus F. Adams, born in Louisville, KY, was an author, a historian, a teacher, a newspaper man, a…

Hathaway, Robert Elijah

This entry was submitted by Yvonne Giles and the information comes from her research. Born in Nicholas County, Kentucky, on June 25, 1842, Robert…

Scott, Attica

In May of 2016, Kentucky native Attica Scott was the winner of the Democratic Primary for the 41st House District in Louisville, Kentucky. She won 54%…

Harris, Jesse

Jesse Harris was from New Castle, KY, the son of Irvin and Mattie L. Scott Harris. Jesse was a civil rights activists and a community leader in both…