From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Works Progress Administration (WPA), Kentucky, Photographs

The Works Progress Administration was a New Deal Agency that was created in 1935 to help provide relief for U.S. citizens during the Great Depression. In 1939, the name was changed to Work Projects Administration. African Americans were employed on building projects, there were classes for women, food was provided to families, daycare centers were provided for children, and families received medical care. Within the Kentucky Digital Library are WPA photographic images that include the work involving African Americans in Kentucky. Search using the term "WPA" to find related photo images, including those with African Americans.

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Works Progress Administration (WPA), Kentucky, Photographs,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 28, 2022,

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