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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African American Shoemakers in Kentucky Prisons (A Leading U.S. Industry)

Submitted by Reinette F. Jones, August 17, 2015 TheKentucky State Penitentiary in Frankfort, KY,opened in 1789 and it was the first state prison.It…

Higgs, Kenny Lee

Born in Owensboro, KY, Kenny L. Higgs is the brother of Mark Higgs. He is the all-time leading scorer for the Owensboro High School basketball team,…

Haskins, Merion

Merion Haskins was born in Campbellsville, KY. The 6'4" forward played high school basketball at Taylor County High School; he ranks fifth among its…

Givens, Jack L. "Goose"

Jack Givens was born in Lexington, KY. A 6' 4" forward and guard, he scored 41 points while leading the University of Kentucky to the 1978 NCAA…