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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Hampton, A. S. ~ alias Alex S. Jackson [court case]

Controversies over the extradition of African Americans from Ohio to Kentucky continued long after slavery ended. The case of Rev. A. S. Hampton is…

Colored Passenger Excursion Train Wreck, South Carrollton, KY

June 5, 1892, an excursion train was pulling a baggage car and three coaches filled mostly with African American vacationers along with some white…

Masonic and Odd Fellows' Journal, Lexington, KY

In 1876, a title received in the newspaper exchange at the Pacific Appeal was an issue of the Masonic and Odd Fellows' Journal published by colored…