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 Schools in Webster County, KY

As early as 1880, there were colored schools in Providence, Webster County, KY; the teachers were Kentucky natives C. Haughton, born around 1858, and…

African American Schools in Whitley County, KY

In 1883, the American Missionary Association (AMA) opened a church and a school in Williamsburg, KY, that was attended by both Negroes and whites [see…

Aunt Lou's Underground Railroad Tomato

The following information comes from the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange website and from the unpublished book manuscripton gardeningby retired UK…

Edmonds, John Buell

John Buell Edmonds is a recognized gospel singer from Bowling Green, KY, the son of Addie and Jewel Edmonds. The following information comes from the…

African Americans in the Upper Cumberland Region (FA 510) [oral histories]

The following information about theoral history collection, African Americans in the Upper Cumberland Region (FA 510), comes from the collection note…

African American Heritage in Bowling Green and Warren County, Kentucky (FA 509) [oral histories]

The following information comes from the bibliographic record for African American Heritage in Bowling Green and Warren County, Kentucky (FA 509):…

Campbellsville - Taylor County, Kentucky Oral History Project (FA 202)

The following information comes from the collection notes for Campbellsville - Taylor County, Kentucky Oral History Project (FA 202): "This collection…

Ralph Bunche National Historic District - Oral History Project (FA 457)

The following information comes from the organizational history and collection notes for Ralph Bunche National Historic District - Oral History…

African American Schools: Ralph Bunche Community Center Oral History Project (FA 455)

The following information comes from the collection notes about Ralph Bunche Community Center Oral History Project (FA 455): "This collection consists…

Trigg County, Kentucky African American Oral History Project (FA 196)

The following information comes from the collection note about Trigg County, Kentucky African American Oral History Project (FA 196): "This collection…