Notable African American Women in Omaha History

Black women in Omaha have done all kinds of work as mothers, businesswomen, teachers, ministers, politicians, and in other roles to make the community great. This is a history of some of the notable African American women in North Omaha.

Zabriskie Mansion, 3524 Hawthorne Avenue, the Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District, North Omaha, Nebraska

A History of the Zabriskie Mansion in North Omaha by Jody Lovallo

Adam’s Note: This is a guest article by Jody Lovallo in her continuing series about important women in North Omaha history. Check out the “You Might Like…” section below for links to her other articles. Enjoy “A History of the Zabriskie Mansion” by Jody Lovallo.

Rev. Anna R. Woodbey (1855-1901), North Omaha, Nebraska

A Biography of Rev. Anna R. Woodbey

One woman from North Omaha made it her life’s work to ban the demon’s spirit, juice, sauce, hooch, vino, and liquid courage from everywhere, all the time. This is a biography of Anna R. Woodbey.

Sarah Helen B. Toliver Mahammitt (1869-1956), North Omaha, Nebraska

A Biography of Helen Mahammitt

This is a biography of Helen Mahammit (1869-1950), a leading African American caterer, chef and teacher in Omaha for 45 years.

George Wells Parker (1882-1931) North Omaha, Nebraska

A Biography of George Wells Parker

his is a biography of North Omaha’s George Wells Parker (1882-1931), a philosophical history writer who influenced African Americans nationwide.

Duffy Drugs, 2424 N. 24th St., North Omaha, Nebraska

A History of Duffy Drugs

Going back to 1886, the southwest corner of 24th and Lake has been vital to North Omaha! Its first Black-owned business didn’t happen until 1968 though. Find out more in this history of Duffy Drugs!

Brenda J. Council (1955-present) from North Omaha was an African American member of the Nebraska Legislature.

A Biography of Brenda Council

This is a biography of former Nebraska Legislator, former Omaha City Council member, and former Omaha School Board member Brenda Council.