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.

Recently Updated/Added

Swope, William "Bill", Jr.

In April 2008, Bill Swope became the first African American to be named the State Fire Marshal for Kentucky. The appointment was made by Governor…

African American Schools in McLean County, KY

Within the 1886 Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it was reported that McLean County had five…

Johnson, Perry

In 2009, Rev. Charles H. Johnson was searching for information about his great-grandfather in Mt. Sterling, KY and Spencerville, OH, when he was hired…

African American Schools in Taylor County, KY

As early as 1880, there was a colored school in Taylor County, KY; the teacher was Robert Hubbard at theCampbellsville school [source: U.S. Federal…

African American Schools in Owen County, KY

During the 1877-78 school term, there was a total of three colored schools in Owen County, KY, according to the thesis of Capitola Simpson, History of…

African American Schools in Nicholas County, KY

One of the earliest colored schools in Nicholas County, KY, was located in Carlisle, it was a Freedmen School supported by the U.S. Bureau of…

Kentucky Colored People's Convention

In March of 1866, a group of African American men formed the Kentucky Colored People's Convention that was gently asking for education and the…