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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Powell, William Jennifer, Sr.

William J. Powell, Sr. was born William Jennifer in Henderson, KY; he had a sister named Edna Jennifer. Their father died, and their mother moved to…

Chappell, Willa B.

Willa Brown Chappell was born in Glasgow, KY, the daughter of Hallie Mae and Eric B. Brown. She left Kentucky for Gary, Indiana, and in 1932 graduated…

African AmericanShoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Louisville, KY

In the table below are the names of many African Americans who wereemployed as shoemakers, repairers, and shoe shiners in Louisville, KY duringthe…

Lexington, KY ~ All NKAA Entries for African American Shoe Makers, Repairers, and Shiners

African American Shoe Makers and Shoe Repairers in Lexington, KY, Prior to 1900 African AmericanShoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Lexington, KY…