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A History of Mt. Calvary Community Church

This is a history of Mt. Calvary Community Church, a historic African American congregation in North Omaha.

Mt Calvary Community Church, 2426 Grant Street, North Omaha, Nebraska
This is Mt Calvary Community Church, built at 2426 Grant Street in 1937.

Mt. Calvary Community Church is located at 5112 Ames Avenue. It was founded in 1933 and continues today as one of Omaha’s oldest African American congregations. Opened by a penniless preacher named Rev. Roy W. Johnson and his wife Ethel Lee Johnson in the Near North Side neighborhood, this church has blossomed and sustained since. After building the above church on their own in 1937, the congregation continued growing further.

Rev. Roy W. Johnson and his wife Ethel Lee Johnson, North Omaha, Nebraska
This is Rev. Roy W. Johnson and his wife Ethel Lee Johnson of Mt. Calvary Community Church in 1933. The pic is from a 2009 edition of the Omaha Star.

In 1983, they became known as the “church on the hill” when they moved to 5112 Ames Avenue, where the congregation continues today.

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