North Omaha, The Great Migration
In the early 1900s, African-Americans sought a better life in the North.
Jim Crow Laws in the South reinforced segregation and discrimination.
Agricultural problems also made it difficult for African-Americans to
make a living in the South. African-Americans migrated to Omaha seeking
better jobs. Labor recruiters, northern newspapers that were sent south,
and simple word of mouth helped to keep a steady flow of
African-American workers coming north during WWI. African-Americans
often migrated north on trains or buses, traveling with limited
possessions, but filled with hope for a better life. African-Americans
in Omaha settled first in South Omaha for the packing jobs. Then they
moved to the north part because of available housing and because they
could own their own businesses. North Omaha quickly became the heart of
the African-American community.
For more information, click here, The Great Migration