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 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…

Advance-Courier (newspaper)

The Advance-Courier newspaper was founded in Lexington, KY in December of 1885 [source: "The Race in general," Cleveland Gazette, 12/12/1885, p.1,…

Wood, Henrietta

Submitted by Reinette F. Jones, 08/19/2016Henrietta Wood was a mulatto slave born in Boone County, KY. Her 1870 case in the federal court is noted as…