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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Dorsey, Charles Ford Jr. "Bud"

This entry was written by Juanita L. White and submitted on April 2, 2019. Photographer Charles Ford Dorsey, Jr. was born in Louisville, KY, the son…

Emancipation: Three Individual Cases by Donald A. Clark

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The documents attached to this entry are the work of Donald A. Clark from Lexington, KY. The documents cover three instances of enslaved African…

Anti-Tuberculosis Movement (Louisville, KY)

In the late 1880s the mortality rate among African Americans due to tuberculosis (or consumption) was three times higher than that for whites,…

Sleet, Anne

In 2007, Anne Sleet became the first African American woman mayor of Perryville, KY. A former nurse and caterer, Sleet had also been a member of the…

Sleettown (Perryville, KY)

Sleettown was an African American community developed after the Civil War on 96-acres near Perryville, KY. During the war, the land had been used as a…

Higgins, Norman

Norman Higgins, born in Lexington, KY, was a graduate of old Dunbar High School. He was employed at Southland Printing and Publishing, where he ran…

"Uncovering the Lives of Kentucky's Enslaved People"

The 2018 publicationUncovering the Lives of Kentucky's Enslaved Peopleis available online as a .pdf at Heritage Spotlight, Spotlight No.5. The title…

Hooks, Julia Britton

Julia B. Hooks was born in Frankfort, KY. A musician, social worker, educator, and juvenile court officer, she and her husband managed a juvenile…

Britton, Mary E.

Mary E. Britton was born in Lexington, KY. She was an activist and a journalist who wrote many articles against segregation laws. Britton was also a…