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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Crump, Steven

Steven Crump, a news reporter and award-winning documentary filmmaker, was born in Louisville, KY. Crump is a reporter with WBTV 3 in Charlotte, NC.…

Murrell, Peter

Peter Murrell was born in Virginia and later lived in Glasgow, KY. A wagoner and church leader, he had attended the white Baptist Church in Glasgow…

Burley, James M.

James M. Burley was probably one of the first African American jewelers and watchmakersin Georgetown, Louisville,Paris, and Lexington,KY. Burley's…

Lampton Street Baptist Church in Louisville [Spencer Taylor]

Spencer Taylor, a carpenter, organized the Lampton Street Baptist Church and led its services, establishing it in 1866 in Louisville, KY. Services…

Citizen's Auxiliary Hospital (Louisville, KY)

The Citizen's Auxiliary Hospital was built by the faculty of the Louisville National Medical College. The two-story brick building, which cost…

Beam, Augustus G.

Beam, a physician and surgeon, was born in Nelson County, KY, the son of Hines, Sr. (b. 1844) and Mariah E. Porter Beam (b. 1845), both Kentucky…

Glass, James G.

Dr. James G. Glass was one of the longest practicing physicians in Henderson, KY, where he practiced for 50 years. Glass was also a surgeon. Born in…

Poston, Ephraim

Ephraim Poston was born in Clarksville, TN, the son of Ephraim and Louisa Rivers Poston. In Kentucky, he was an educator, poet, author, and…

Tinsley, Henry Clay

Henry Clay Tinsley was born in London, KY, the son of Preston and Caroline Severe Tinsley. In 1880, the family was still living in Laurel County, KY,…

Wilson, William Hansford, Sr.

William Hansford Wilson, Sr. was born November 9, 1878, in Murray, KY, [source: Wilson's World War II Draft Registration Card]. He was a school…