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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Griffin, Edna M. Williams

Edna M. Williams Griffin, born in Carlisle, KY and grew up in Walpole, NH. She later moved to Des Moines, Iowa. She was a 1933 Fisk University…

African American WACs Born in Kentucky

This is a partial list of the African American women born in Kentucky who served in the WACs. The information comes from World War II Army Enlistment…

WACs' Protest at Camp Breckinridge, KY

In 1943, six African American members of the Women's Army Corps (WACs) resigned from the Army after their unit staged a protest over job assignments.…