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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Melton, Manson Arthur, Sr.

Manson A. Melton, Sr. is a forgotten African American dentist who practiced in Hopkinsville, KY. He was born in 1882 in Sumter, SC, and he was a 1903…

Finn, Henry

Henry Finn is another of the forgotten names in Kentucky, he was one of the earliest African American dentists in the state. It is not known at this…

Young, John Henry

John Henry Young was a dentist in Hopkinsville, KY. He was thought to have been the first African American dentist in the city, but Dr. Manson A.…

Fort Spring (Fayette County, KY)

Formerly referred to as Reform, and later Slickaway, the community was located on Versailles Road. Slickaway was established by white residents, and…

Kentucky Deputies, 1897

A. D. James was the new Republican U. S. Marshal in 1897 and he appointed the first African American Deputy U. S. Marshals for Kentucky: Paul H.…

Kennedy, Paul Horace

Reverend Paul H. Kennedy was born in Elizabethtown, KY, son of John M. and Caroline Kennedy. He was a minister and a musician who authored and…

Ice Cream, Sugar and Slavery, Up to the 1900s

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Written by Reinette F. Jones, March 19 , 2020AROUND THE WORLDThis entry highlights the placement of enslaved Africans and the contributions of African…