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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Nichols, M. Celeste

M. Celeste Nichols, born in Tulsa, OK, was an English professor at Bellarmine College [now Bellarmine University] in Louisville, KY. She was the…

Slave Revolt Scare (Lexington, KY)

The fear of a slave revolt was such a terrifying thought that a number of slaves were arrested and jailed in Lexington, KY in 1810; there was a…

Christian County's First Elected Negro Officials

The large African American population in Christian County, along with the strength of the Republican Party in the county, made it possible for some of…

Francis, Edward and Eliza

Edward Francis (b.1830 in VA) was a former slave of Edy Francis from Madison County, KY. He enlisted in the Union Army in 1864 and was trained at Camp…

Garden of Eden in Fort Worth, TX

Garden of Eden is a historically Black community in Fort Worth, TX, that was settled by freed slaves from Kentucky and Tennessee around 1860. There…

National Youth Administration (Negro Activities in Kentucky)

The National Youth Administration (NYA) was established in 1935 by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. NYA was a division of the Works Progress…

Wade, Alice

Alice Wade, born in Jeffersonville, IN, is remembered as one of the most dependable and committed voices in the Louisville, KY, civil rights movement.…

The James Harvey Family (Woodford County, KY)

The family of James Harvey was regarded as skilled, artistic, musical, and mechanical. James Harvey, considered a naturally gifted mechanic, was an…

Hoard, John Henry [Hoardsville, Oklahoma]

Reverend John Henry Hoard was born in Hopkinsville, KY, on June 2, 1862. In 1899, he moved to Okmulgee, OK, to become pastor of the First Baptist…

Britt, Hardin B.

Born in Brownsville, KY, Hardin B. Britt was a trained gospel singer. He was the son of Thomas and Julia Britt. After attending the Negro common…