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
For more information click here, Businesses
This project explores points of Native American
and European points of contact in the early 1800s including Fort
Atkinson and Cabannes Trading Post.
Photo courtesy of Joslyn Art Museum
For more information click here, Early Contact
Hollis Stabler received numerous awards: four bronze stars, one silver
and the purple heart. He also got the Omaha name Na-shin-tia, meaning
slow to rise. Hollis fought in Morocco, Tunisia, Silicy and Anzio.
This page is dedicated to Native American Veterans like Hollis Stabler.
For more information click here, Military
Music has had a significant impact on people throughout history and
provides a soundtrack for their experiences. It has the remarkable
ability to enhance history and tell the story of a people. The presence
of music in Omaha has continued to help the African American community
survive hardships like discrimination and segregation by acting as a
source of encouragement and motivation to keep the fight for equal
rights alive. It has given comfort when people are in pain and calm in
times of stress. The presence of music has also amplified joy in happier
times and fed the excitement during times of celebration.
For more information click here, Modern Music
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
were a variety of acts performed to stereotypically down grade the
African American culture. You may find this historically funny or you
may read this as extremely disgraceful to blacks and disrespectful just
as the blacks did. However, what the whites did not know is that by
trying to be comedic, all they were doing was shining a bright light in a
dangerously dark space. This gave blacks the drive and ambition to
showcase their theatrical side and educate those who didn't know the
real struggles and truth behind their black culture. Some of the
theatrical talent to arise from Omaha’s black community included Lincoln
Motion Picture Company, one of the first African-American film
companies; the Afro Academy for Dramatic Arts; and Center Stage Theatre,
which won both the National and International Amateur Theatre Festivals
For more information click here, Dramatic Arts
Dr. James Ramirez
Few people have done more than Dr. James Hernandez for OPS students and teachers and Mexican American students and teachers, in particular.
For more information click here, Dr. James Ramirez
Arts and Culture
Traditions, arts, and culture play large roles in the daily lives of
Native Americans. Despite suffering cultural suppression, pacification,
and assimilation, contemporary Native Americans are attempting cultural
revitalization. Learn about changes in arts and culture between the past
and the present and how traditions are kept alive.
For more information click here, Arts and Culture
In 1898, Omaha hosted the Trans-Mississippi Exposition. Within the
exposition was the Indian Congress. Here, visitors saw an interpretation
of life for Plains Indians.
For more information click here, Indian Congress
Civil Rights: Tactics and Strategy for Change
Segregation, discrimination, and unfair, these are the words that were
commonly used by the North Omaha black community in the 1950s and 1960s
to describe the struggles of minorities. These words would thrive in a
new era, The Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement was made
up of citizens who wanted to achieve equality, to take charge in their
lives, and to do something to make things right, not only for blacks,
but other ethnic groups as well. Some groups were non-violent such as
the 4CL (the Citizens Coordinating Committe for Civil Liberties) and
the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement for Colored People).
Others were more radical such as the Black Panthers. However, they all
shared a common goal: Civil Rights.
For more information click here, Civil Rights: Tactics and Strategy for Change