Dr. LaFlesche Picotte
1889, Susan LaFlesche Picotte became the first Native American female
doctor in the United States. Throughout her life she worked to support
the survival of the Omaha Tribe when they were struggling to maintain
their rights and resist oppression from the U.S. government. Although
she was a woman and was expected to stay in the home, she remained
dedicated to being a strong public voice for her people.
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Ms. Blumkin, a Russian Jewish immigrant, created Nebraska Furniture Mart and grew it into one of the largest furniture stores in the country!
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Throughout its history South Omaha has been made up of a quilt of
Catholic parishes corresponding to tightly-knit ethnic neighborhoods.
For South Os early Latino population the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
was the centerpiece of the immigrant community, meeting in private
houses, a bakery, and a storefront until it found a permanent home in
1950. Since then, Our Lady of Guadalupe has served as an advocate,
community center, and spiritual home for many Omaha Latinos even as the
community has outgrown the parish to include Spanish language masses
across the city.
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the American G.I. Forum web page! We are excited to show you the
conflict of Mexican Americans being discriminated against as well as the
many challenges they faced starting the American G.I. Forum. The
organization was started for veterans by veterans who were guided by Dr.
Hector P. Garcia. We do not want to spoil any further information so
click to read more about the American G.I. Forum.
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Railroads are important to Omahas history. Railroads have brought many
immigrant groups to South Omaha which has added to the diversity of the
City of Omaha.
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Military Service, Civil War
During the years of the Civil War thousands of African Americans played a
crucial role in defending our freedoms. As the guns fell silent across
the nation these newly minted veterans saw new lives in the North.
Hundreds of veterans and their families established themselves in Omaha.
Among those who made Omaha home are three men: Edward Jones, Josiah
Waddle, July Miles. We learned about the roles they played in one of the
pivotal conflicts in our history.
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In our research, we learned about how African-American settlers came to
Nebraska. Even though African Americans have lived in parts of Nebraska
since the 1850s, but around 1904, a new wave of settlers arrived to
Nebraska. Black settlers wanted to be able to get land of their own, and
thanks to the Kinkaid Act, land in the “Sand Hills” area was available.
The Kinkaid Act of 1904, and the Homestead Act of 1862 before, allowed
black families to go into Nebraska in search for land. Settlers heard
Nebraska was a safe place for blacks to go, and it also had millions of
acres of free land. When settlers first arrived they struggled looking
for shelter. Since there was a lack of trees in Nebraska, sod houses
were used for shelter. If the weather was too hot or too cold, growing
crops became difficult. Settler life wasn't always pleasant. Many
settlers were poor and could not afford many extras in life. Mother
Nature was cruel in areas of Nebraska, starting wild prairie fires that
destroyed all in its path. The early black settlers didn't always have
it easy, and the following is a look into what life was like for these
forgotten members of our state’s history.
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Ms. Patach, the daughter of Czech immigrants, is a nurse, teacher, South Omaha advocate and environmentalist.
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Omaha North, Businesses
Have you ever walked down 24th Street and wondered about the history
behind it? During the 1930s, N. 24th Street transitioned from a
predominantly Jewish community to a largely African American
neighborhood. During the 1930s, there were several local African
American owned buisnesses, such as Myers Funeral Home (pictured below),
Robins Drug (pictured right), and Harris Grocery Store (pictured below).
During the Civil Rights movement of the fifties and sixties, several
African American-owned restaurants opened and became significant
community centers, such as Skeets Barbecue and Time Out Chicken, where
we did our oral history. Civil Rights activists gathered at the Fair
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