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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Colored Troop Regiments from Kentucky, U.S. Civil War

After the signing of the Second Confiscation and Militia Act and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, African American men were allowed to…

Kohler, Maximilian Philip "Maxie"

Around 1917, Maxie Kohler was livingin Paris, Kentucky when his race was questioned innewspaper articles printedaround the country.As it was retold in…

Spann, Ann Roberta Peyton

June 1, 1961, Ann Peyton became the first African American to earn an undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). [Andrew Millier…

Miller, Andrew

Andrew Miller was the first African American to graduate from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), he earned a master's degree in June of 1958. The…