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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The McDonald and Elvira Porter Family [Moving North]

At the end of World War I when the United States was experiencing economic tension because of inflation and the many union strikes taking place…

Poindexter, Henry, Sr. [Anderson v Poindexter]

The decision in the Anderson vs Poindexter case made by the Supreme Court of Ohio was viewed by some as in direct opposition to the U.S. Constitution.…

Migration From Kentucky to Maine

No records have been located at this time to support the existence of a major migration of escaped enslaved people from Kentucky that led to their…

Lewis, Cary Blackburn, Sr.

Cary B. Lewis, Sr. was a newspaper journalist and editor. Hewas born in Louisville, KY in 1878,the son of Plummer Sr. andMattieLewis [source:…

Hathaway, Robert Elijah

This entry was submitted by Yvonne Giles, based on information from her research. Born in Nicholas County, KY on June 25, 1842, Robert Elijah…

Griffith, George A.

George A. Griffith was one of the first two African Americans to practice law in Kentucky, admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1871. From Owensboro, KY,…

George, Frank Pendleton

Frank P. George was prominent in Chicago, especially during his career as a stage performer and manager of the Oakland Music Hall. George did not come…

Chicago Police Officers from Kentucky, 1900-1930s

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Written by Reinette F. Jones, April 21, 2022Cornelius Wilson (1890-1919) from Campbellsville, KY is one of the more recognized African Americans from…

Clark County (KY) Enslaved, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Clark County, formed in 1792 from portions of Bourbon and Fayette Counties, is located in north-central Kentucky on the eastern edge of the Bluegrass…

Kenton County (KY) Enslaved, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Kenton County, located in northern Kentucky along the Ohio River, was formed in 1840 from a portion of Campbell County. Surrounded by three other…