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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Mason, William

William Mason was born in Eminence, KY, where a street, Mason Avenue, was named in his honor for his civic and civil rights activities in the city. He…

African American Communities in Warren County, KY

Sunnyside, Freeport, and Oakland were three African American communities in Warren County, KY, developed after the Civil War. In 2001, the city of…

Brown, John Michael

J. Michael Brown is the first African American to be appointed Secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet; he was appointedby…

Benjamin, R. C. O.

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Robert Charles O'Hara Benjamin was shot in the back and died in Lexington, KY, in 1900. He was killed at the Irishtown Precinct by Michael Moynahan, a…

Hayden, Shirley M.

Shirley M. Hayden was born in Lexington, KY, and grew up in Maddoxtown, KY, one of 13 children of the late Elmo and Joann Buckner Hayden. Shirley is…

Central and South American Immigration Association and Equal Rights League of the Western Continent

Prior to the end of the Civil War, the formation of Negro colonies in Central and South America had been attempted by President Lincoln and others. In…

Fryson, Sim E.

Since 1995, Sim E. Fryson has been the CEO and president of Sim Fryson Motor Co. Inc., located in Ashland, KY. The company was listed among the Top…

Page, Lucy and Edward (Ned)

Lucy and Ned Page were slaves from Lexington, KY. Their quest for freedom wasthe first case to test the Ohio Constitution concerning slaves, fugitive…

Stewart, Loretta Reeves

Loretta Reeves Stewart is an exceptional student and educator. She attended the segregated schools in Paducah, beginning at Woodland, a one room…

Blacks Who Enlisted in Kentucky for U.S. Navy Submarine Duty During World War II

The following is an incomplete list of the African American men who enlisted in Kentucky and served on a Navy submarine during World War II. The names…