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 AmericanShoe Makers and Repairers - Danville, KY

In Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, there were at least nine African American shoemakers when the census was taken in 1880. Though nine was a small…

African American Shoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Covington, Kenton County, KY

The business of making shoes was a good business in northern Kentucky, though in Covington there were very few African American shoemakers, shiners,…

African American Shoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Maysville, KY

African Americans were a small part of the overall shoemaking and shoe care business in Maysville, KY, from 1880-1940. In the 1880 U.S. Census, there…

Lyons, Charles

Charles Lyons was born a free person in Kentucky around 1826. He was said to be the son of a free Black man and his mother was a Seneca Indian. In…