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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Rufus Ballard Atwood Oral History Project

The following information comes from the description in the SPOKE Database. "Rufus Ballard Atwood (1897--1983) became president of the Kentucky…

Blacks in Louisville Oral History Project

The following information comes from the description in the SPOKE Database. "Black residents of Louisville discuss their history from 1900 to 1940,…

Blacks in Kentucky Oral History Project

The following information comes from the description in the SPOKE Database. "Interviewees discuss race relations and racial violence in the Kentucky…

Black Church in Kentucky Oral History Project

The following information comes from the description in the SPOKE Database. "Black church leaders throughout Kentucky discuss the history of the black…

Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project

The following comes from the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project website. "Since 1998 historians have collected more than 175 oral…

African American Heritage of Simpson County Oral History Project, and Simpson County Oral History Collection

Subjects from the "Pass the Word" database record for the African American Heritage of Simpson County Oral History Project. "Discrimination, Farmers,…

African American Heritage in Southern Hart County, Kentucky [oral histories]

The following information comes from the description at the "Pass the Words" website. "Oral History collection consisting of interviews with African…

African American Families and Heritage in Garrard County [oral histories]

The following was taken from the description at the "Pass the Word" website. "Oral History interviews about the historical presence, accomplishments…

African American Schools in Madison County, KY

In his master's thesis, History of Education in Madison County, Robert E. Little wrote that in the first quarter of the 1800s, slave owner Green Clay…

Lincoln Institute Oral History Collection

The following information comes from the catalog record for the collection at Berea College. "This collection consists of thirty-nine videocassettes…