“Knowing the value of an Encyclopedia, this one will fill a gap in Kentucky history. From the Big Sandy to the Mississippi, the editors have revived the significant contributions and lives of African Americans.” - John Kleber
Editor of The Kentucky Encyclopedia
and The Encyclopedia of Louisville
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The Kentucky Encyclopedia (1992), The Encyclopedia of Louisville (2002), and The Northern Kentucky Encyclopedia (2009) have entries on African Americans, but these volumes were not compiled to focus solely on the many topics and issues relative to black life in the bluegrass state. The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia will provide a comprehensive volume of research on the black experience in the Commonwealth. It will include entries on the individuals, events, places, organizations, movements, and institutions which have shaped the state's history since its origins. It will also include topical essays on slavery, education, women, religion, sports, business, and civil rights.