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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Hatcher, Elijah Porter, Jr.

E. Porter Hatcher, Jr. was a legislator, an alderman, an insurance agent, and an expert bridge player. He holds the honor of being elected followed by…

Henderson, Dennis Irwin

Dennis I. Henderson, a Republican, was elected Representative of the 42nd District (Louisville) in 1948, the second African American elected to the…

Washington, Isam

Isam [or Isom or Isham] Washington was born in North Carolina and brought to Lovelaceville, KY, as a slave. He was a Civil War veteran who served with…

Washington, Isam McDaniel "Mack"

Isam [or Isom] M. Washington was born in Lovelaceville, KY, the youngest son of Rebecca Neal Washington and Isam Washington. Isam married Arbella…

Washington, Rebecca Neal

Rebecca Neal Washington was born a slave in Lovelaceville, KY. She was the first wife of Isam Washington, the mother of Isam McDaniel Washington, the…

Washington, Roy L., Sr.

Roy L. Washington was born in Lovelaceville, KY, the son of Isam M. Washington and Arbella Weeks. When a teenager, Roy Washington left Kentucky for…

Kentucky State University Homecoming, 1952

The November 1, 1952 homecoming game at Kentucky State University (K-State) in Frankfort is considered the first interracial college football game in…

Hillman, John W.

John W. Hillman was born in Trigg County, KY, the son of Dan Hillman. His mother is listed as "unknown" on his Kentucky Death Certificate in Ancestry.…