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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Fletcher, Theodore Thomas Fortune, Sr.

T. Thomas Fortune Fletcher, Sr. was an educator anda poet. He lived for ten years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he established and was principal of…

Duncan, Lillian W.

Lillian Duncan was an officer with the African American WACs at Fort Knox, KY, in 1945. Duncan was the Plans and Training Officer. When her unit was…

Meeks, Willis Gene

Willis G. Meeks was born in Harlan, KY, the son of Maceo and Thelma Meeks. He was a flight project manager, and head of NASA's Ulysses Solar…

Haskin, Vera A. Harrison

Vera Harrison [Haskin] was an officer over the unit of African American WACs at Fort Knox, KY, in 1945. She had been a member of the first WAACs…

Negro Motorist Green Book (serial) and Kentucky

The Negro Motorist Green Book provided African American travelers with the names and locations of businesses that welcomed their patronage. The book…

Knott County (KY) Free Blacks and Free Mulattoes, 1900-1920

Knott County, located in eastern Kentucky, was formed from portions of Perry, Letcher, Floyd, and Breathitt Counties in 1884. It is surrounded by six…

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

Larue County or LaRue County, located in central Kentucky and surrounded by five counties, was created in 1843 from the lower portion of Hardin…

Wilson, Hughlyne A. Perkins

Hughlyne A. Perkins Wilson was the first woman assistant superintendent in the Louisville, KY, public schools. She is a 1951 graduate of Howard…

Anderson, Zelda W.

Zelda W. Anderson, born in Baltimore, MD, was one of the first African American women to enter the military in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps…

Colored Scholarship - University of Kentucky, Senior Class of 1908

In 1908, the Kentucky Legislature passed the bill that changed the name of State College to Kentucky State University, today know as the University of…