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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Rosenwald Schools in Kentucky

Between 1917 and 1932, more than 155 new Rosenwald facilities were constructed in over half the counties in Kentucky. Logan County had the most…

Ford, Raymond S.

Raymond S. Ford was the first soldier from Bardstown, KY, to be killed in Vietnam. He died February 20, 1966 -- his name is included on the Vietnam…

Higgins, Chester A., Sr.

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Chester A. Higgins, Sr. was born in Chicago and raised in Lexington, KY. A World War II veteran, he attended Kentucky State College [now Kentucky…

Liberia as I found it in 1858 (book)

In 1858, Rev. Alexander M. Cowan traveled to Liberia, he was an agent of the Kentucky Colonization Society. In the general remarks, Rev. Cowan gives a…

Masonic Lodge Rubicon #27 (Warsaw, KY)

The Masonic Lodge Rubicon #27 was established in 1871 in Warsaw, KY. The officers were Gleming Cousins, E. J. Burton, Nelson Jack, W. F. Cousins, and…

American Baptist Home Missionary Society Schools in Kentucky, 1895

In 1895, the American Baptist Home Missionary Society had 619 African American students in its Kentucky schools: State University [Simmons…

Masonic Lodges in Louisville, KY

Mt. Moriah Lodge #6 was established in 1852, and St. Thomas Lodge #20 in 1858. In 1866, Merriweather Lodge #13 was moved to the jurisdiction of…

Holland, George W.

George W. Holland was born in Ruddles Mills, KY. He taught school in Kentucky, then in 1895 moved to Springfield, OH, where he was employed as a…

Henderson, Louis B.

Born in Maysville, KY, Louis B. Henderson grew up in Springfield, Ohio. He was a chemical engineering graduate from Case Institute of Technology [now…