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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Clay, Theodore H., Sr.

Theodore H. Clay, Sr. was born in Fayette County, KY, his father was from Virginia and his mother was from Kentucky. Clay grew up in Lexington and…

Clark, Elmer S., Jr.

Elmer S. Clark, Jr. was a noted horseman, and a former athlete, educator, and coach. He was the first African American to become a peri-mutual judge…

Chambers, Greenberry and Charlotte

Greenberry Chambers, from Barren County, KY, and a former slave, is recognized as the first permanent settler of Blaine Township in Minnesota.…

Caulder, William Francis "Jelly"

William F. Caulder was a farrier for more than 45 years. He was well respected for the work he did for some of the biggest names in the horse…

Cannon, Frank R., Sr.

Frank R, Cannon, Sr. was born in Jessamine County, KY, the son of Lizzie and Simon Cannon. The family owned a farm on Lexington Pike in Keene, KY.…

Burnette, Atlas Crawford

A. C. Burnette, born in North Carolina, was the second African American employed by the University of Kentucky Agricultural Extension Service, where…

Brodis, James, Sr. "Jim" [Joseph M. Dorcy v. Maria Brodis et al.]

Jim Brodis, Sr. was a runaway slave from Kentucky. He escaped from his master while they were mining in California. Brodis fled to Pajaro Valley,…

Bourbon County Training School (Little Rock, KY)

The Bourbon County Training School was located in Little Rock, KY. The school began as an idustrial course at the colored school prior to becoming the…

Born in Mexico, Lived in Kentucky, 1850-1920

This entry comes from reference questions asked by a researcher looking at the population of those who were born in Mexico and lived in Kentucky up…

Barr, Henry

Barr, a barber, was the first African American to build a commercial building in Watertown, NY, prior to 1910 when there were 76 African Americans in…