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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Robert Henry (Clay Mitchell) Blythe

Robert Henry Blythe was born in Berea, KY, probably in 1895 (although his World War II draft registration card, which he filled out and signed, states…

Fortune Tellers in Kentucky, Early 1900s

This entry is a very small sample of the names, locations, and activities of the African American fortune tellers in Kentucky during the early 1900s.…

Burdett, Gabriel

Gabriel Burdett was born a slave in Garrard County, KY. In the 1850s, he was a preacher at the Forks Dix River Church in Garrard County. In 1864 he…