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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Cabell Brothers (Pharmacists)

Atwood Cabell, born 1897 in Tennessee, was the first African American pharmacist in Henderson, KY. His brothers Roger W. (1893-1972) and Delmo also…

Negro Business League (Kentucky)

In 1916, the state of Kentucky did not have a state Negro Business League but did have thirteen chartered local leagues: Bowling Green (J. R. Vass,…

Ecton, Virgil E.

Virgil E. Ecton was born in Paris, KY. He is a graduate of Indiana University (1962) and Xavier University. For 31 years he was employed at the United…

Charity (Negro Woman)

Charity, from Versailles, KY, was the first person admitted to the newly opened Kentucky Eastern Lunatic Asylum in Lexington, KY, on May 1, 1824. She…

Air Force Historical Research Agency

The Air Force Historical Research Agency is a historical depository for the United States Air Force historical documents. The documents collection was…

Blythe, James Louis "Jimmy"

James L. "Jimmy" Blythe was born in Lexington, KY, according to his death certificate [source: Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, FHL Film No.…

Kentucky African American Musiciansin Illinois (Chicago)

Onestrand ofthe African American migrationfrom the south to northern cities involved musicians who wereseeking more opportunities andlarger venues…

Burton, Evans, Jr. [W. E. "Buddy" Burton]

Evans Burton, Jr. was born in Louisville, KY. He was a vocalist who also played a number of musical instruments, including the piano and the drums. In…

American/Brazilian Slaver "Kentucky" (ship)

In 1844, the slave ship Kentucky, which had been sold by Americans to Brazilians, sailed to Inhambane and Quelimane, Mozambique, Africa, under the…

African American Schools in Anderson County, KY

There were colored schools in Anderson County, KY prior to the year 1900 and the exact date of the first colored school is not known. In 1880, 21 year…