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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Tribble, Andrew A.

Andrew Tribble was born in Union City, KY, where he also attended school. Andrew and Amos Tribble were the sons of Alice Tribble, and they were all…

Washington, Ford Lee "Buck"

Born in Louisville, KY, Washington was a pianist, vaudeville dancer, and occasional singer. He was an orphan. As a teen, he teamed with dancer John W.…

African American Shoemakers in Kentucky Prisons (A Leading U.S. Industry)

Submitted by Reinette F. Jones, August 17, 2015 TheKentucky State Penitentiary in Frankfort opened in 1789; it was the first state prison.It was…

Balloon Barrage Battalion, [George Washington Kenley]

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George Washington Kenley, born September 2, 1921to Charlie and Alice Belcher Kenley in Murray, KY, was an enlisted soldier in the Balloon Barrage…

Sublett, John William

John W. Sublett was born in Louisville, KY, and he was also known as John Bubbles. Sublett was a singer and tap dancer who teamed up with Ford Lee…