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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Wilson, William Hansford Jr.

William Hansford Wilson, Jr. was the third African American doctor in Joliet, IL [source: Penelope R. Norris, "Blacks in Will County," Illinois…

African American WACs Who Were Born in Kentucky

This is a partial list of the African American women born in Kentucky and served in the WACs. The information comes from the WWII Army Enlistment…

Brown-Lewis, Charliese

Born in Versailles, Kentucky, Charliese Brown Lewis is an educator, writer, editor, speaker, and leader. She has been an adjunct instructor atBerea…

Darling Nellie Gray (song)

The song Darling Nellie Gray has been credited to several authors, most often to Benjamin Russell Hanby (1833-1867). The song was written around 1856.…

Whyte, Zack [Zach] [Allen Zach White, Sr.]

Zack Whyte, born in Richmond, KY, played the banjo and the piano, and he was a bandleader. He was a member of Horace Henderson's student band while he…