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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African Americans, in and from Kentucky, in the Cigar Industry, 1860-1940

Kentucky Counties - Cigar.pdf

Written by Reinette F. Jones, September 17, 20181. Attached to this entry: Kentucky Counties Map - 1900 Cigar Industry (.pdf)2. Attached to this…

Saulsberry, Guy Otha

Guy Otha Saulsberry, born in Muhlenberg County, KY, was the youngest son of David Houston and Frances Gish Saulsberry. He was a graduate of Attucks…

Smith, Dwight

Dwight Smith was born in Princeton, KY. He played high school basketball at Dotson High School in Princeton and was also valedictorian of his…

Shanks, Irvine Lee

Born in Kenton County, KY, Shanks was the first African American to play basketball at Berea College, during the 1954-1955 seasons. A 6'5" center, he…

Roach, Sanford Thomas

Born in Frankfort, KY, Sanford T. Roach played basketball and football as a student and was also the 1933 high school class salutatorian when he…