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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Pilot Knob, Voting Districk #3, Simpson County, Kentucky

This entry is a brief look at the Pilot Knob Voting District #3 in Simpson County, KY. The purpose of the entry is to show some of the challengesin…

Penny, Joe [Pennytown, Missouri]

Pennytown was located eight miles southeast of Marshall, Missouri; it had been established by Kentucky native and ex-slave, Joe Penny. In 1850, Penny…

Parker, Noah

Noah Parker was an African American minister born in Kentucky around 1850 to Cato and Winnie Parker. Noah Parker died after 1880, and according to the…

Negro Exodus (Hopkinsville, KY)

In 1904, the city of Hopkinsville, KY, was a bit alarmed by the number of Negroes who had left the county due to the collapse of the tobacco market.…

Neal, Sterling Orlando, Sr.

Sterling Neal Sr. was born in Cleveland, OH, and made his home in Louisville, KY. He was the son of Robert and Anna Harper Neal. In 2003, Sterling O.…

Mudd, Celia

Born in Nelson County, KY, Celia Mudd was the aunt of Kentucky's first African American senator, Georgia D. Powers. Mudd's story is told in Powers'…

Mrs. Stokes's Negro Ball

New York millionaire Mrs. W. E. D. Stokes was owner of the Patchen Wilkes Farm, located three miles outside of Lexington, KY, on Winchester Pike. She…

McWorter, Free Frank

Born in South Carolina, Free Frank McWorter was the son of a slave named Juda and her owner, George McWhorter. Frank and McWhorter settled in Pulaski…

Lane, Allie Sylvester

In 1922, Allie Lane became the first African American auctioneer at the Mt. Sterling Court Day markets[source: "Colored auctioneer," The Mt. Sterling…

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…