Discover Your Roots: Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Local History and Genealogy Department at Covington is ready to help patrons discover their African-American family roots and learn more about the contributions and achievements of local African-Americans to Northern Kentucky history.

The department offers many one-on-one services to help patrons discover their family history and stories. Patrons are encouraged to call and schedule a free one-hour appointment to research their genealogy or to digitize family photographs and documents. Please call to set up an appointment to work one-on-one with a staff member at (859) 962-4070.

On Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 4-6 PM, the department is hosting a Scanning Bee, opens a new window. Patrons are encouraged to bring in photographs and documents related to African-American families in NKY to be digitized and put in our Faces and Places Online Photograph Database, opens a new window, or into our documents database geNKY., opens a new window Photographs and documents related to Lincoln-Grant School, William Grant School, churches, sports, and civic organizations are sought for donation. Staff members will scan and return up to a dozen images during the event. No registration required. If you can't make this date or time, and are interested in donating to the collection please call to arrange an appointment at another time.

If you are interested in learning more about African-American history in NKY, please join us for the presentation The Old Barber of Covington on Thursday, February 23, 2023 @ 6 PM (EST). , opens a new windowThis online presentation will feature the life and legacy of John Singer, one of Covington’s earliest free black settlers and business owners. Presented by Paul Duryea, Covington Branch Manager. 

Written by Cierra Earl, MA, Local History and Genealogy Department at Covington.

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