Violent Civil War has been a reality for many South Sudanese citizens
for decades. In the mid 1980's the conflict started to turn, the South
Sudanese People’s Liberation Army fought against the Northern Sudanese
Army. Southern Sudanese citizens fled to refugee camps to save their
lives. Many refugees were eventually resettled in the United States.
Omaha, NE eventually became the largest resettlement location in the
United States. Refugees came to Omaha in search of a better life. Omaha
offers career opportunities, affordable living, and an already
established Sudanese community to join. While in Omaha many refugees
face challenges adapting to their new lives. Some of these challenges
include learning English, finding employment, and developing a new
identity in the states. The Southern Sudanese Community Association
provides training and education for refugees in Omaha. Since their
establishment in 1997 they have served over 1,311 Southern Sudanese
families. Many refugees feel that though this journey has been rough it
is one that is worth it for the sake of their families. They are hopeful
Omaha will someday feel like home.
For more information click here, Sudanese Immigrants
Tuskegee Airmen were heroes in World War II. They were African American
fighter pilots of the 332nd fighter group. 450 Tuskegee Airmen served
in Europe during World War II, 68 of whom were killed or went missing in
action. The main purpose that they served was to escort the bombers
into Germany and back. White bomber pilots requested that the Tuskegee
Airman escort them because they had gained a reputation for not losing
bombers. The Tuskegee Airmen were trailblazers in integrating the
Military. They endured the hate of Jim Crow, inside and outside the
military, and inspired the start of the integration of the military by
order of President Truman in 1948. The Tuskegee Airmen served with
distinction, receiving 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Legion of
Merit, a Red Star of Yugoslavia, 8 Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, 14
Bronze Stars, 744 Air Medals, and 3 Presidential Unit Citations. They
also earned a long delayed Medal of Honor in 2007. As you can see, the
Tuskegee Airmen deserve the respect of all Americans.
For more information click here, Tuskegee Airmen
Visual art is an important avenue for self-expression and always has a
story behind it. African American visual arts have long been an
important part of the community in North Omaha, murals, statues, and art
galleries are all around. Art helps make up the unique identity of the
people and community. Our project is bringing African American visual
arts in Omaha to the surface so that they are not forgotten as African
American art has been in the past.
For more information click here, Visual Arts
Art and Music
South Omaha has traditionally been infused with the vibrancy of new
immigration waves. Music and Art have always played an important role
in presenting the expression of the people and their culture.
This site seeks to highlight their contributions to their community.
For more information click here, Arts and Music
The Mexican American (Chicano) Movement was the last social movement. It
occurred in 1968. A new generation of young people (high school and
college students) were the ones who fought for equal rights for
education, voting, political and land rights.
For more information click here, Chicano Movement
Omaha livestock market became the largest in the world. It surpassed
Chicago as the busiest stockyard. Everyday thousands of pigs, cows, and
sheep would be shipped. They would ship them to Omahas pens where they
would be sold to packinghouses for slaughter or to other livestock
producers for fattening or breeding stock. In 1967 the number of
livestock brought to Omaha dropped. They officially closed in 1999.
For more information click here, Employment
Omahas business district is a vibrant community. Various immigrants have
called the neighborhood home and shaped this community.
For more information click here, Local Business
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.
For more information click here, G.I. Forum
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.
For more information click here, Railroads
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.
For more information click here, Religion