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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Clark, John W.

In 1897, John W. Clark was the first African American graduate from the University of Kansas School of Law. The John W. and Gertrude Clark Scholarship…

Tolley, Florence B. W.

Florence B. W. Tolley was one of 18 children born to Fannie and Will Jackson of Avon, KY. She was married to Edd Brown and they lived in his home town…

Story, Nathaniel Edward "Nat"

Nathaniel E. "Nate" Story, born August 8, 1904, in Oak Station, KY, the son of Ephriam Story. He was a trombonist and performed on riverboats with…

Dickerson, Roger Quincey "R. Q."

Roger Q. Dickerson was born January 5, 1898, in Paducah, KY, and grew up in St. Louis. During the day, R. Q Dickerson was a barber as early as 1910…

Rowe, John William

The John William Rowe entry was written and submitted by Anu Kasarabada, an archivist at the University of Kentucky.John William Rowe was an attorney…

R. E. Hathway Post No. 3593 (Lexington, KY)

In December of 1938, the R. E. Hathway Post No. 3593 was organized for Colored veterans of foreign wars. Officers were elected the following January.…

Rhodes, Todd Washington

Todd Washington Rhodes was a pianist and an arranger, he was born in Hopkinsville, KY, and grew up in Springfield, OH, where he studied at the…