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 American Schools in Greenup County, KY

One of the earliest known colored schools in Greenup County, KY, was in session in 1866, according to the Annual Report of the Superintendent of…

Gray, Leonard Wilson, Sr.

Born in Louisville, KY, Leonard W. Gray, Sr. a sales associate, was elected the Representative of the 42nd District (Jefferson County) to the Kentucky…

Hatcher, Elijah Porter, Jr.

E. Porter Hatcher, Jr. was a legislator, alderman, insurance agent, and expert bridge player. He holds the honor of being elected as alderman,…

Mason, Luther Roscoe

Born in Scott County, KY to Remus and Martha Sykes Mason, Luther R. Mason was the first African American elected to the Scott County Board of…

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

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

National Archives

The National Archives include all documents and materials relating to the business of the U.S. federal government. Within the collections is the…