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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Mitchell, George

George Mitchell, born in Louisville, KY, was a cornet player for a number of groups, including Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers. His career began…

Archives of Ontario (Canada)

The archives is a program of the Ontario Ministry of Government Services. The archives are made up of a number of collections, including government…

Charlotte Court(s) in Lexington, KY

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In 1939, Charlotte Courts was the name selected for the public housing complex for African Americans in Lexington, KY. However, the locally known name…

American/Brazilian Slaver "Kentucky" (ship)

In 1844, the slave ship Kentucky, which had been sold by Americans to Brazilians, sailed to Inhambane and Quelimane, Mozambique, Africa, under the…

Gordon, Robert L.

Robert L. Gordon was born in Lexington, KY, to Alice Gordon Williams and Roscoe Demus. He was a graduate of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville,…

Grear, William A. "Bill"

William A. Grear was born in Russellville, KY, the son of Oretha Williams Grear and Charles C. Grear. He was the first African American-elected…

Breckinridge County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Breckinridge County was formed in 1799 from part of Hardin County, KY, and is bordered by five counties and the Ohio River. Breckinridge County is…

Spencer, Moses

Moses Spencer was listed as a free person in William's Lexington [Kentucky] Directory, City Guide, and Business Mirror, Volume I, 1859-60, compiled by…

Women's Right to Vote in Kentucky

In 1838, the Kentucky Legislature granted limited voting rights to unmarried women and widows who owned property, and was over 21 years old and lived…