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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Kentucky African American Museums, Cultural Centers, Trails & Tours, Heritage Sites, and Annual Events

Listed below are museums, culture and heritage centers, and other types of dedications to the history of African Americans in Kentucky that includes…

African American Comic Book and Action Figure HeroCollection [Frank X Walker]

In 2014, the exhibit titled "We Wear the Mask: Black Superheroes Through the Ages" openedat the Lyric Cultural Arts Gallery and Museum in Lexington,…

Quisenberry, Rosetta Lucas

Rosetta Quisenberry, born in Lexington, KY, was a school teacher for 14 years. She has collected over 1,000 postcards and other memorabilia with…

"Jim Crow" Imagery

The fame of Thomas Rice's Jim Crow performance helped to advance the marketability of what was termed "Jim Crow Images," with depictions in various…

Willis, "Aunt" Lucy

In 1987, Aunt Lucy Willis's cabin was restored to 1/3 its original size and exhibited at the Kansas City Museum. The cabin had been built in Trenton,…

Lakeview Point (Harrodsburg, KY)

Lakeview Point, was a lakefront bed and breakfast resort located on Herrington Lake in Harrodsburg, KY. The inn opened in May 2004 and was been open…

Ratliff, William Marvin, & Ratliff Institute

Reverend William M. Ratliff was the founder and president of Ratliff Institute, later referred to as a mission. The school was located in Louisville,…

Hathaway, Robert Elijah

This entry was submitted by Yvonne Giles and the information comes from her research. Born in Nicholas County, Kentucky, on June 25, 1842, Robert…

African American Schools in Woodford County, KY

A Colored School in Midway, KY, had its exhibition attacked by a mob on July 31, 1868 [source: Index to the Miscellaneous Documents of the Senate of…

African American Schools in Wayne County, KY

According to an article in Overview, both African American and white settlers of Shearer Valley and Simpson Branch (then called Turkey Ridge) came…