This is a biography of Josiah Waddle (1849-1939), a longtime bandleader and music teacher in North Omaha, Nebraska.
Category: Black leader
A History of the Native Omahans Festival
This is a history of the Native Omaha Festival, which has happened biennially in North Omaha, Nebraska since 1976.
A Biography of North Omaha’s Vic Walker
Vic B. Walker (1864-c1925) was an African American attorney, police officer, business owner, and criminal in Omaha, Nebraska.
A Biography of North Omaha’s Ollie William Jackson
Ollie Jackson was pinned with being a notorious criminal in the hire of Tom Dennison. This is his biography.
Life of Edwin Overall of North Omaha
Throughout most of his life, Edwin Overall (1835–1901) dedicated himself fighting for civil rights. This is his story.
A Biography of Rev. Russel Taylor
A musician, educator and minister committed to Black power, Rev. Russel Taylor was a powerful leader in North Omaha. This is his story.
Biography of Dr. Craig Morris
One African American dentist in Omaha was a civil rights advocate, economic justice activist, and medical leader in the community. Then he simply left North Omaha. This is a biography of his life in the community.
A History of Omaha’s “Black Mayor”
Since its founding in 1854, the City of Omaha has never had a publicly elected Black mayor. For a period in from the 1930s through the 1940s though, there was a Black mayor competition held. This is a history of that position.
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.
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.
A Biography of Nathaniel Hunter
This is a biography of a longtime African American leader in North Omaha’s history, Nathaniel Hunter.
A Biography of Bertha Calloway
This is a biography of historian and North Omaha leader Bertha Calloway (1925-2017). She was a Civil Rights activist, museum founder, historian, author, student, educator, speaker, promoter, playwright, journalist, administrator, mentor, wife and mother.
History of Businesses Owned By African Americans in Omaha
This is a history of Black-owned businesses, African American entrepreneurship and more in North Omaha since 1854.
A Biography of Jessie Hale-Moss
This is a biography of Jessie Hale-Moss, a strong Black female leader in North Omaha who served as one of the first leaders of Omaha’s NAACP.
A Biography of Ernie Chambers
This is a biography of Nebraska legislator Ernie Chambers.
A History of North Omaha’s Fair Deal Cafe
Soul food was served in mighty heaps at Omaha’s old “Black City Hall.” Learn about the legacy of the original Fair Deal Cafe…