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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Griffith, George A.

George A. Griffith was one of the first two African Americans to practice law in Kentuck, he was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1871. Griffith, from…

Warner, Andrew Jackson

Born in Washington, KY, Andrew Warner was the son of Rueben Warner, a freeman, and Emily Warner, a slave. Andrew was also a slave, he escaped to…

Utterback, Everett Emory

Everett E. Utterback was a social worker, an athlete, and an attorney in Pittsburgh, PA. He prepared legal contracts for Gus Greenlee, owner of the…

Shobe, Benjamin F.

Born in Bowling Green, KY, Benjamine F. Shobe was a civil rights attorney who served as a counselor to Lyman T. Johnson in the lawsuit that forced the…

Morton-Finney, John

Born in Uniontown, KY, John Morton-Finney was a Buffalo Soldier with the U.S. Army during World War I and also served during World War II. He taught…

Jackson, Jordan C., Jr.

Jordan C. Jackson, Jr. was born in Lexington, KY, the son of James Ann and Jordan C. Jackson, Sr. An attorney and an African American Republican…

Anderson, Sammy Louis "Shake"

Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Sammy Louis Anderson is a bassist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has worked with Donna Summer, Ray Charles,…

Lewis, Isaac E.

Isaac E. Lewis was born in Hutchinson Station, KY, the son of Henry and Mary J. Lewis. Isaac won the 1887 Kentucky Derby aboard Montrose. His exact…

Lavelle, Louis A.

Louis A. Lavelle was a teacher, a lawyer, and an inventor. He was a teacher inColored District "A" in Lancaster, KY, in 1898. He was removed from the…