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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.

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A History of the Carver Savings and Loan Association

This is a history of the Carver Bank in North Omaha, the first-ever Black-owned bank in Nebraska.

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A History of Immanuel Baptist Church

A giant church building, a large congregation and lots of impact by Immanuel Baptist Church went on for more than 50 years in North Omaha. Today there’s no sign of this once-important place. This is a history of the church.

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A History of the Ritz Theater in North Omaha

A theater opened to African Americans in a time when Omaha was deeply segregated, the Ritz Theater was an anomaly in the city. Here’s some of its history.

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A History of Kellom School

What do Fred Astaire, Roger and Gale Sayers, Bob Gibson, Bob Boozer, Michael Anania, Brenda Council, and former Omaha mayor Johnny Rosenblatt all have in common? Born in the Near North Side, each attended the same school. That same building is a neighborhood institution with deep roots going back at least 140 years in Omaha’s past. This is a history of North Omaha’s Kellom School.

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A History of the Old Plantation in North Omaha

This is a history of the Old Plantation, a display at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in North Omaha in 1898.

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A Biography of George P. Johnson

The first-ever Black-owned, operated and filmed theater company in the world was led from North Omaha.