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.

Recently Updated/Added

Faulkner, Broadus [Bonus Army Riot]

Broadus Faulkner was a member of the Bonus Army which was made up of more than 43,000 protesters, mostly WWI veterans and family members. The…

Report: Negro School Districts and Their Needs by L. N. Taylor

In 1938, L. N. Taylor was supervisor of Negro Rural Education. The department was in the Division of Negro Education within the Kentucky Department of…

Gay, Marvin P., Sr.

Born in Jessamine County, KY, Gay was the father of Marvin P. Gaye, Jr., singer, songwriter, and producer. Gay, Sr. was charged with the shooting…

Colored Reading Room, Lexington Carnegie Public Library (Fayette County, KY)

When the Lexington Carnegie Public Library opened in 1905, there was a Colored Reading Room and Negroes were allowed to check out books. "This room is…

Covington Desegregated Library and Services (Kenton County, KY)

The Covington Public Library, in Covington, KY, was the first desegregated public library in the state. The building was constructed in 1900, and in…

Danville Colored Branch Library (Boyle County, KY)

Between 1919 and 1937, there were at least three colored libraries in Danville, KY. In 1919, the Paul Dunbar Branch Library for Colored People was…

Columbia Colored Library (Adair County, KY)

In 1908, school teacher Parker Jackman and others establish a colored library in Columbia, KY. Jackman placed an ad in the Adair County News,…

Mt. Sterling Colored Library (Montgomery County, KY)

In 1914, a program was held for the benefit of the colored library in the Keas Tabernacle C. M. E. Church in Mt. Sterling, KY [source: "Mt. Sterling…

Frankfort Colored Library (Franklin County, KY)

In the late 1930s, the WPA established a colored branch library in Frankfort, KY, according to the June 1944 Bulletin of the Kentucky Library…

Ashland Colored Branch Library (Boyd County, KY)

The location of the Ashland Colored Branch Library was not given in the 1935 Library Annual Report that was submitted to the Kentucky Library…