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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First Name "Kentucky"

Many things have been given the name "Kentucky": ships, trains, dams, plantations, businesses, communities, literary characters, gambling wheels, and…

Magowan Brothers and the Reporter (Mt. Sterling, KY)

The Reporter Newspaper The Reporter newspaper was published in Mt. Sterling, KY by the brothers John D. and Noah W. Magowan. The Reporterwas the…

Cowan, Alfred C.

Alfred C. Cowan was a renowned lawyer in New York. He was born in 1863 in Monticello, KY, the son of Henrietta Moddell and Alfred Cowan, who may have…

African American Schools in Taylor County, KY

As early as 1880 there was a colored school, theCampbellsville school, in Taylor County, KY; the teacher was Robert Hubbard [source: U.S. Federal…

Davis, Edward Benjamin and Bettie Webb

Both Edward B. Davis (1875-1934) and Bettie W. Davis (1878-1956) were born in Scott County, Kentucky. Ed was the son of Katie Davis, and he and Betty…

Georgetown Colored Branch Library (Scott County, KY)

The Georgetown Colored Branch Library was established in 1923 in the home economics room in the Ed Davis High School with Betty Webb as the librarian.…

Colored News and Colored News Notes

In the 1950’s, the Georgetown Times ran the column devoted to the life and times of Scott County’s African American citizens. Published either as…

Colored People’s Column

The first few columns were titled "Among the Colored People" before being renamed the "Colored People's Column." The column ran for about 2 years from…