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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Howard, Theodore R. M.

T. R. M. Howard, born in Murray, KY, was a graduate of the College of Medical Evangelists [now Loma Linda University] in Los Angeles, CA. He was…

Ballard, John and Amanda [Ballard Mountain]

John (1830-1905) and Amanda Ballard (b. 1840-died before 1900) were the first African Americans to settle in the hills above Malibu. The site,…

Weston, Alice Victoria Henry, and William Julius Sr.

In 1948, Alice Weston was buried in Paducah, KY. She was born in 1882 in Perry, NY, the daughter of Henry and Clara E. Henry Thomas. Her father had…

Lexington Emigration Association

In 1872, the Lexington Emigration Association opened an account with the U.S. Freedmen Bank. The background and purpose of the organization is not…

Smith, Elijah Strong

Elijah Strong Smith, born in Henderson, KY, was a graduate of State University [later named Simmons College] in Kentucky. He moved to Alabama and was…

Taylor, Bartlett

Bartlett Taylor, a slave born in Henderson County, KY, was the son of a slave woman and her owner, Jonathan Taylor. Both of Bartlett Taylor's parents…

Thompson v. Wilmot

In Maryland in 1790, Ruth Wilmot exchanged her slave, Will, for a slave named Harry who belonged to Thomas A. Thompson. Part of the written agreement…

Williams, Samuel Carl

Samuel Carl Williams was the first African American city commissioner in Winchester, KY. A graduate of Knoxville College, he became a teacher. Samuel…

Murrell, Edward Estill, and Howard Enos Murrell

Edward E. Murrell, born 1879 in Glasgow, KY, and Howard E. Murrell Jr., born 1873 in Lancaster, KY, were the sons of George Ann and Howard Murrell…