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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Cross, Dorothy Mae

Dorothy Cross was the first African American hired by the Kentucky Education Association in Frankfort, KY. The education associations in Kentucky were…

Mack, Lee Nor

Lee Nor Mack was a contractor who in 1965 was the first African American councilman to be electedin Shelbyville, KY since 1904.He served as a…

Lynching in Wickliffe, KY

Friday, October 16, 1903, Tom Hall's partially nude body was found hanging in a tree in Wickliffe, KY. Hall was thought to be a man from Mississippi…

Pittman, William Sidney

William S. Pittman was the son-in-law of Booker T. Washington. Born in Alabama and a graduate of Tuskegee Institute (1897) [now Tuskegee University]…

Central Law School (Louisville, KY)

Professor John H. Lawson is credited with organizing Central Law School in 1890 as part of State University [later Simmons University]. When the…

Hackett, Wilbur, Jr.

Wilbur Hackett, Jr. is a 1999 Hall of Fame inductee at Manual High School in Louisville, KY, where he was a linebacker and running back on defense. He…

African American Boxers in Kentucky, Photographs

Within the John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader Collection are photographs of many competitive African American boxers who participated in the…