Black History in Omaha

Hi, my name is Adam and I’m a white guy who grew up in North Omaha. While I was growing up, my mentors included Idu Maduli and Von Trimble, Sr. and Rev. Helen Saunders, as well as many other people. These caring, concerned adults made sure I knew that the community’s history was more than what I learned at North High School or McMillan Junior High, or from the Omaha World-Herald and other media. They taught me about things, people, events, places and organizations that mattered to African American history in Omaha, as well as Omaha’s history in general and national history.

Omaha Black History Articles

Following are some of the articles I’ve researched and written related directly to Black history in Omaha. Doing this, I’ve learned that Black history is everyone’s history, because it affects everyone. However, I was taught it is important to acknowledge its power and purpose on its own, too.



Nonprofits, Churches and Social Clubs

Public Places

Businesses and Money


Other Topics

  • Bertha Calloway’s talent shows
  • The Show Wagon in the parks
  • The popcorn man
  • The hot tamale man
  • Negro baseball teams
  • Carter Lake Ballroom
  • Great Fishing around North Omaha for carp, cat fish and bull heads
  • Bar-B-Que
  • The door-to-door milk men in North Omaha
  • The door-to-door ice cream men in North Omaha
  • Lothrop Grade School
  • Horace Mann Jr. High
  • Howard Kennedy Grade School
  • Lake Grade School
  • Saratoga Grade School
  • Kellom Grade School
  • Sacred Heart School
  • Long Grade School
  • Druid Hill School
  • Long School
  • Franklin School
  • Lothrop Theater
  • Ames Theater
  • The Ritz Theater
  • The Bookmobile
  • Street corner doo-wop groups in North O
  • Dailey’s Liquor Store at North 30th and Spencer Street
  • Kellogg’s Gas Station on North 24 Street
  • Phillips Gas Station on 30th Street
  • Goodwin’s Barbershop at 24th and Spencer
  • McDonalds at North 24th and Cuming
  • Hinky-Dinky Store at 24th and Lake Street
  • Kellom Swimming Pool
  • Former Charles Street Public Housing Projects
  • EZ Drive In
  • Safeway Stores
  • Pigley Wigley Stores
  • The Snack Stop
  • Merritt Drug Store at North 24th and Charles Street
  • The record store at North 24th and Charles Street
  • The “American Legion” dances
  • The Ritz Cab Company
  • “Jit-Nies” underground cabs
  • Cross Town Pawn Shop
  • Dairy Queen
  • Peter Plenty Ice Cream Truck
  • Mister Softy Ice Cream Truck
  • Fried Fish Sandwiches at North 24th and Spencer Street
  • Tastee Freeze on North 30th Street
  • Hill Top Public Housing Projects
  • The Christ Child Center talent shows
  • YWCA dances
  • Metoyers Bar-B-Ques
  • Skeets Bar-B-Ques
  • Off-Beat Club at North 24th and Lake
  • Allens’ Showcase Lounge at North 24th and Lake Streets
  • Tully’s Clothing Store
  • Storz Beer Company on North 16th Street
  • Cross Town Bar
  • Bali -Hi Bar at North 24th and Charles
  • Voyal Watson
  • Corby Park
  • Dreamland Ballroom
  • CoCa-Cola Plant at North 30th and Spencer
  • Green Hill (aka Bedford Hill) on North 30th Street…
  • Lothrop Drug Store at North 24th & Lothrop Streets
  • Slim Jenkins Place dances at North 16th and Lothrop
  • Teen Holiday dances at North 24th & Corby Streets
  • Mr. Corbin’s Popsicles
  • Parades
  • Dog House Bar on North 16th Street


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