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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Hightower, Stephanie A.

Stephanie A. Hightower, a former track and field star, was born in Louisville, KY. She is a graduate of Jesse Stuart High School where she set the…

Black Herman's Actual Death

Black Herman was the stage name of Benjamin Rucker, an African American magician, illusionist, root doctor, and medicine man. He was born in Amherst,…

Pickett, Wilson, Jr.

In 2006, Wilson Pickett, Jr. was buried in an Evergreen Cemetery mausoleum in Louisville, KY [source: Find A Grave]. He was a singer and songwriter,…

Wilson, William Hansford Jr.

William Hansford Wilson, Jr. was the third African American doctor in Joliet, IL [source: Penelope R. Norris, "Blacks in Will County," Illinois…