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Posted 10/12/17

The Great Plains Black History Museum (GPBHM) would like to invite you to attend its Reopening in North Omaha at the Historical Jewel Building at 2221 North 24th Street on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thanks to Michael Maroney and the Board of Directors of the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) the GPBHM will once again open its doors in North Omaha. The museum originally opened in 1975, and was founded by Mrs. Bertha Calloway. Today, the GPBHM is one of 81 museums nationally focused on African American History and Culture, and is the only museum in Nebraska and the upper Great Plains States that focuses on the History of African Americans. The museum’s archival collection consist of over 100,000 primary source materials that provides a unique glimpse at African American life and culture in the Great Plains’ states from 1862 – 1990. A number of items within the collection are of national significance because they cover a period often referred to an “Invisible History” since there are no other accessible archival collections documenting African American history in the Great Plains during the Pre-and Post- Civil War periods.

“We are happy and excited about bringing the community’s museum back to North Omaha. Now that we are back, we are looking forward to being a valuable contributor to the North Omaha Arts and Entertainment District. We have a great list of upcoming exhibits for everyone to enjoy:”


  • October 1st through December 31st Celebrate Yolanda Barney’s the History of the Revive Magazine.

  • November 1st through December 31st History of Nebraska African American Fire Fighters& Law Enforcement

  • Dec 2nd Christmas in the Village

  • January 1st through February 28, 2018 The History of the NAACP in Omaha

  • January 1st through February 28, 2018 Art By Bird Williams


The GPBHM will be open to the public at no charge on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 pm. to 5:00 pm. and available for private tours.


The Great Plains Black History Museum’s mission is, “To preserve, celebrate and educate all people of the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout the great plains of America.”