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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Lee, Amanda

Amanda Lee Cynthiana KY House by Pam Brinegar.pdf

In 1894, Amanda Lee was the owner of the first house built in the town of Cynthiana, KY, according to Lucinda Boyd. It is not known who actually built…

Hart County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Hart County is located in south-central Kentucky in the Pennyroyal Region, surrounded by seven Kentucky counties. Established in 1819 from portions of…

Henderson County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Henderson County, established in 1798 from a portion of Christian County, is located in western Kentucky, bordered by the Ohio River and four Kentucky…

Henry County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Henry County, located in north-central Kentucky, was formed from a portion of Shelby County in 1798. It is named for Patrick Henry, who was Governor…

U.S. Census: Slave Schedules, Black or Mulatto, Colored

African American slaves were first enumerated in the U.S. Federal Census in 1850 in a separate census called Slave Schedules. The 1850 Census was also…

Hickman County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Hickman County, established in 1821, is located in the far southwestern tip of Kentucky in the Jackson Purchase region, bordered on the west by the…

Hopkins County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Hopkins County, located in western Kentucky and surrounded by five Kentucky counties, was created in 1806 from a portion of Henderson County. It was…

Poindexter, Henry, Sr. [Anderson v Poindexter]

The decision in the Anderson vs Poindexter case, made by the Supreme Court of Ohio, was viewed by some as in direct opposition to the U.S.…

John Gregg Fee

John Gregg Fee was the leading abolitionist in Kentucky and the southern part of the country. Fee founded Berea College, which opened in 1855 as a…