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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Johnson, Emma White Ja Ja

Emma White, the daughter of former slaves, was born in Kentucky. She was educated and was one of the hundreds of African Americans who migrated to…

Leslie County (KY) Free Blacks and Free Mulattoes, 1880-1910

Leslie County was formed in 1878 from portions of Clay, Harlan, and Perry Counties. It is located in southeastern Kentucky in the Eastern Coal Field…

Washington Terrace Miniture Golf Course (Lexington, KY)

The Washington Terrace Miniature 18-hole Golf Course opened in June of 1930. It was located across the street from Douglas Park on Georgetown Street…

First Standard Bank (Louisville, KY)

First Standard Bank in Louisville, KY, was one ofthe first African American-owned banks in Kentucky. Wilson Lovett was president; W. W. Spradling was…

Letcher County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Letcher County is located in southeastern Kentucky on the West Virginia border, and adjoins four Kentucky counties. It was formed in 1842 from…

Thompson, Marion

Marion Thompson was a horse trainer in Bourbon County, KY, most of his life. His family had lived in Mt. Sterling, KY, before moving to Bourbon…

Harris, Silas

Silas Harris was one of the many young African American men from Kentucky who were employed at the Harlem Jockey Club in Chicago, IL. Silas was a…

Harris, H. C.

H. C. Harris was a former slave who was born in Kentucky and owned by Alexander Moore, a bookbinder in Lexington. Harris was stolen by Tatin Sites…

Railroad Strike and Riot (Somerset, KY)

In March of 1911, a riot occurred in Somerset, KY, when Negro strikebreakers were hired to replace the striking white railroad firemen. Railroad…

Benson, William, Sr."Bud"

William "Bud" Benson wasteam manager of the Lynch Grays, a Negro baseball team in Lynch, KY (Harlan County). Bud Benson was also a coal miner, hewas…