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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Tipton, Manuel

Manuel Tipton was well respected inMontgomery County, KY. He is said to have been the first person who learned to strip grass seed with a hand…

Black, Evelyn Jones

In 1968, Evelyn J. Black became the first African American faculty member at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Social Work. She was named the…

African American Schools - Moonlight Schools, Kentucky

The Moonlight Schools were night schools for adults; the sessions were held within school houses in rural communities. The first moonlight school…

Williams, Alexander "Alex", Jr.

The following information comes from "Alex Williams Jr., radio personality, dies at 54, " Lexington Leader, 09/10/1973, p. 2. Alexander Williams, Jr.…

Allensworth, James L., Sr.

Reverend James L. Allensworth, Sr. was a pastor, veteran, and respected man; he was also the first African American coroner in Hopkinsville, KY. He…

Robert H. Williams Children's Home and Cultural Center

The name Robert H. Williams is probably best known in connection with the Robert H. Williams Cultural Center at 644 Georgetown Street in Lexington,…

Work, Beulah White

Beulah Work was a leader and board member of the Detroit NAACP and a union organizer, and a labor activist for the United Auto Workers (UAW). For 40…

Wilkes, Gracie Rice

Gracie Rice was born in Kentucky and grew up in Lexington. In 1930, she was one of the three African American women admitted to the City Hospital…

National Colored Teachers' Agency, Louisville, KY

At the end of the 19th Century, teacher employment agencies developed in the United States, and in 1914, the National Association of Teachers'…

Colbert, Jesse B.

Reverend Jesse B. Colbert was a nationally known leader and minister of the AMEZ Church, as well as a lawyer and civil rights leader. He was the first…