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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Hawkins, Horace H.

Horace H. Hawkins was born in Kentucky. In 1835, he was a slave who escaped with 13 others heading North. The group was assisted by Quakers. Horace H.…

Seals, Rupert Grant

Rupert G. Seals was born in Shelby County, KY, according to the Kentucky Birth Index, and by 1940, the family lived in Lexington, KY. Dr. Rupert G.…

Slavery in Kentucky (titles and collections)

Listed below are selected non-fiction titles and collections that focus on the history of slavery in Kentucky (the state as a whole). This is not…

Helen Morrison Photographs of Kentucky African Americans (Newberry Library)

Starting in 1935, photographer Helen Balfour Morrison from Evanston, IL, came to Kentucky where she photographed African Americans who lived in Zion…