From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Records: Race=African

The term "African" was not widely used in the U.S. Federal Census to define race; however, it can be found as early as the 1860 Slave Schedules. The term was used much more heavily in the Census of Canada and in the slave registers of former British Colonial Dependencies such as Trinidad, Barbados, and the Bahamas.

In the United Sates, the term was used more on birth and death records, including 15 birth records in Kentucky between 1897-1910, and at least 283 Kentucky death records between 1917 and the early 1930s. Over 300,000 World War I draft registration records for the U.S. Armed Services have the term "African" written on the line for race, and at least 9,886 of those records are for men born in Kentucky.

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Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Records: Race=African,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 23, 2024,

Last modified: 2022-12-02 19:52:54