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

Kentucky African American Museums, Cultural Centers, Trails & Tours, Heritage Sites, and Annual Events

Listed below are museums, culture and heritage centers, and other types of dedications to the history of African Americans in Kentucky that includes artifacts, government documents, manuscripts, art, archival materials, annual events, performances, and travel tours. This list will continue to be updated as new data is received.


Eighth of August (Emancipation Celebrations) Allensville, Crofton, Hopkinsville, Paducha, Russellville 1868
African American Art Exhibiton Actors Theatre [Jefferson County] 2003
African American Forum, Inc. Lexington [Fayette County] 1993
African American Heritage Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Group Tours  
African American Heritage Center Franklin [Simpson County]  
African American History in Danville, Kentucky Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau [Boyle County]  
African American Museum / Bowling Green Area Bowling Green [Warren County] 2010
African American Theatre Program University of Louisville [Jefferson County] 1993
African Americans in the Bluegrass Lexington Visitors Center [Fayette County] 2008
African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing Kentucky Derby Museum [Jefferson county]  
African Heritage Festival Bridge Kids International [Jefferson County]  
Berea College & Berea College Special Collections  Berea [Madison County] 1855
Black History at Mammoth Cave Mammoth Cave National Park [Edmonson County] - National Park Service 1838
Camp Nelson, Civil War Heritage Park Camp Nelson Restoration and Preservation Foundation [Jessamine County] 1863 
Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans (CESKAA) Kentucky State University [Franklin County]  
Danville Boyle County African American Historical Society and African American History Center Danville [Boyle County] 2013
E&S Art Gallery Louisville [Jefferson County]  
Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [North Carolina]  
Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records - Kentucky (Online) FamilySearch provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1865-1872
Hotel Metropolitan The Upper Town Heritage Foundation [McCracken County]  
Kentucky African American Heritage Commission Frankfort [Franklin County] 1994
Kentucky Center for African Heritage Louisville [Jefferson County] 2009
Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Kentucky State University [Franklin County] 2000
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives Frankfort [Franklin County]  
Kentucky Histoical Society Frankfort [Franklin County]  
Kentucky State University (HBCU)  Frankfort [Franklin County] 1886
Kentucky's African American Hamlets National Public Radio website 2000
Laurel County African American Heritage Center London [Laurel County] 2004 
Lincoln Institute (Simpsonville, KY) Lincoln Foundation [Jefferson County] 1910
Louisville Civil Rights History Tour, Self-Guided Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, University of Louisville [Jefferson County]  
Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center Lexington [Fayette County] 2009
Muhammad Ali Center Louisville [Jefferson County] 2005
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Cincinnati, Ohio 2004
National Underground Railroad Museum in the Bierbower House Maysville [Mason County] 1994
Roots and Heritage Festival Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival [Fayette County] 1989
Simmons College of Kentucky (HBCU) Louisville [Jefferson County] 1879
Slave Deeds, Slaves in wills, Emancipation Papers, Colored Marriages, etc.  County Clerk Offices in Kentucky (120)  
Southeast Kentucky African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. Hazard [Perry County] 2020
Western Branch Library Louisville Free Public Library [Jefferson County] 1905
West Kentucky African American Heritage Center Historic Russellville [Logan County]  


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“Kentucky African American Museums, Cultural Centers, Trails & Tours, Heritage Sites, and Annual Events,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed April 15, 2021,

Last modified: 2021-02-01 13:55:50