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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Lewis, Fountain C., Sr.

A barber living in Cincinnati, OH, Fountain C. Lewis, Sr. came to Covington, KY, in 1856 to cash a check written on the Farmers' Bank, and he was…

Young, A. Howard

Raised in Louisville, KY, Young is the first African American to be named President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Louisville. A graduate of…

Shipman, V. Joseph [Continental National Bank]

V. Joseph Shipman, born in Georgia, was the president, chief executive officer, and director of the Continental National Bank of Kentucky beginning in…

Lovett, Wilson Stephen

Wilson S. Lovett was president of the First Standard Bank in Louisville, KY, which was established in 1921 with $50,000, the first African American…

Chappell, Roy M.

Roy M. Chappell, a Tuskegee Airman, was born in Williamsburg, KY. Chappell attended high school in Monroe, Michigan; he was the only African American…

Commonwealth v. Poindexter, &c.

The following is a summary of the Kentucky Court of Appeals opinion Commonwealth v. Poindexter, 133 Ky. 720, 118 S.W. 943 (Ky. 1909).~ In 1909, C. H.…

African Americans Returning to the U.S from Honduras [Jimmy Johnson]

Jimmy Johnson was born in either 1911 or 1913 in Louisville, KY, and lived at 99 W. Springfield Street in Roxbury, MA. Not many African Americans from…

Carroll County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Carroll County is located in north-central Kentucky along the Ohio River, bordered by four counties. One of the smallest counties in the state, it was…

Jones, James Henry "Jim"

Jim Jones, from Bullitt County, KY, was the son of Nelson and Sallie Jones. He moved to Louisville, KY, in the 1890s and was a servant for the family…

Mullins, By, et al. v. Belcher

During the 1910-11 school year, Pike County school trustee Edmond Belcher notified the guardian of Troy and Loucreta Mullins that the children could…