Work and Business
Research compiled by: Precious K., Juan M., Janysha M., Jimmie Foster, and Michelle Tiedje
This picture represents business and technology on Twenty-fourth Street in the present day. In the past, Twenty-fourth Street was the main area for African Americans to socialize and conduct business. The street once had many stores, clubs, and buildings, like the Showcase Lounge, the Jewell Ballroom, and the Omaha Star (a prominent African American newspaper). The Omaha Star is one of the few old businesses that remain. It celebrates its 72nd Anniversary as of 2010. The Jewell Ballroom building is currently being used for various activities; the first floor is occupied by a post office. The Showcase is still a social hall that many older African Americans continue to frequent. (Photo taken by Jimmie Foster).
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