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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African Americans in KentuckyKilled By Lightning

Early newspapers contain articles aboutpeople in Kentuckykilled by lightning, many times front page stories. Lightning deaths are also noted in the…

Fulton, KY's Historic African American Railroaders Oral Histories & More

The following information is from Fulton, KY's Historic African American Railroders website."The Oral History Project is a series of ten oral history…

Lincoln Institute Oral History Collection

The following information comes from the catalog record for the collection at Berea College. "This collection consists of thirty-nine videocassettes…

African American Families and Heritage in Garrard County [oral histories]

The following was taken from the description at the "Pass the Word" website. "Oral History interviews about the historical presence, accomplishments…

African American Heritage in Southern Hart County, Kentucky [oral histories]

The following information comes from the description at the "Pass the Words" website. "Oral History collection consisting of interviews with African…

African American Heritage of Simpson County Oral History Project and Simpson County Oral History Collection

Subjects from the "Pass the Word" database records for the African American Heritage of Simpson County Oral History Project: "Discrimination, Farmers,…

Black Church in Kentucky Oral History Project

The following information comes from the description in the SPOKE Database. "Black church leaders throughout Kentucky discuss the history of the black…

Blacks in Kentucky Oral History Project

The following information comes from the description in the SPOKE Database. "Interviewees discuss race relations and racial violence in the Kentucky…

Taylor, Gilbert and Saphronia Kelter

The Taylors, Gilbert (c.1843-1910) and Saphronia (d. 1897), were from Louisville, KY. They were the parents of Marshall Walter Taylor, "The Colored…

White, Perry

Perry White was shot and killed by Cassius M. Clay on Sunday, September 30, 1877. White and his mother were former slaves, and with the end of…