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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Thompson, Jr., Eddie James

Eddie James Thompson, Jr. was a professional boxer, a carpenter, and a political activist in northern Kentucky. It is believed that he was the first…

Mitchell, Lewis

In 1904, much was written about the attempted murder of the Mulligan family at Maxwell Place in Lexington, KY. The University of Kentucky (UK)…

Kentucky African American Museums, Cultural Centers, Trails & Tours, Heritage Sites, and Annual Events

Listed below are museums, culture and heritage centers, and other types of dedications to the history of African Americans in Kentucky that includes…

O'Banyoun, Simon Peter

Simon Peter O'Banyoun, said to have been born in Fayette County, KY, was an escape slave who made his way to Canada around 1820. He was the son of a…