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  • Collection: Great Plains Black History Museum

This is the team photo of the 1906 University of Nebraska football team. The team included two African American players, R.S. Taylor and W. N. Johnson.

Along with the thousands of African American migrants to the urban North during the mid-twentieth century came growing political power. Increasingly, black voters in the North could provide a meaningful margin in local, state and even national…

The Amvet’s Club was a social club for veteran’s and their dates in the post-WWII period. The club served food and drinks and offered a variety of entertainments, including regular live music and dancing.

This is B.J. Martin's certificate given in recognition of his work at the Martin Bomber Plant during World War II. Many African Americans worked at the Martin Bomber Plant during World War II, helping to make a variety of war-related materials. Work…

From its founding in 1947 through the 1950s, the DePorres Club was the leading civil rights organization in Omaha. Organized by Fr. John Markoe at Creighton University, this student-led integrationist group led some of the earliest civil rights…

Grassroots politics have always run alongside formal electoral politics in the African American community. This 1969 flyer advertises a community-based panel discussion celebrating the white, anti-racist radical, John Brown’s 169th birthday. …

Omaha was home to a wide range of black fraternal groups. The Elks and Masons were particularly strong in the city during the mid-twentieth century. Fraternal groups provided a social outlet, as well as opportunities for community betterment. …

In 1969, Harry and Daryl Eure created the Afro Academy of Dramatic Arts in Omaha to provide black artists the opportunity to showcase their work. In addition, the Afro Academy of Dramatic Arts provided classes in music, dance, art, theater and…

During the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century a small number of African Americans came to Nebraska as homesteaders, seeking new opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency working the land. The largest black homesteading settlement…
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