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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Jackson, Earl, Jr.

Born in Paris, KY to Earl, Sr. andMargaret Elizabeth Cummins Jackson, Earl Jackson, Jr. was a microbiologist who retired in 1995 from Massachusetts…

Scearce, Simon

In 1904, Simon Scearce, a 15-year-old from Lexington, KY, was the first African American in Kentucky to be publicly whipped since before the Civil…

White, Thomas McKinley

Thomas McKinley White, from Henderson, KY, was chauffeur for the gangster Gerald Chapman. Chapman was hanged in 1926 for the 1924 murder of policeman…

Rioting at the Dix River Dam Project Site

On November 1924 the Kentucky National Guard's Troop A-54 Machine Gun Squadron arrived at the Dix Dam hydroelectric project site to defuse a situation…

Election Day Riot (Frankfort, KY)

On the evening of August 7, 1871, the election polls had just closed when a race riot developed between African American and white voters in…

Kentucky Choir

The choir was made up of men from the 369th Colored Infantry (also known as the Harlem Hellfighters), a unit of the New York National Guard. Commanded…

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…

Allen, Norman W. "Bee"

Norman W. Allen, a high school student.

The following information on Norman W. Allen comes from conversations with his daughter Sherry Allen-Tribble and from her unpublished essay titled "A…

Rogers, Lydia Jetton

Lydia Jetton Rogers was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Henrietta Jettonand John Jetton who was a post office clerk in Louisville [source:…