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Omaha

Great Plains Black History Museum

The Great Plains Black History Museum is located at 2213 Lake Street in the Near North Side neighborhood in North Omaha, Nebraska. It is housed in the Webster Telephone Exchange Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A nationally renowned institution for more than 30 years, the museum includes more than 100,000 periodicals, manuscripts, photographs and research materials.

It is the largest museum devoted to the black experience on the Great Plains.The facility has been closed because of needed renovation but, as the new president says, "The museum is open." As of the spring of 2011, a new board was in place which was holding community meetings to broaden discussions of the museum's future.

Since then, the Museum has featured paintings, rare books, photographs, and films of the African-American experience in the Midwest. Most African Americans arrived in the Midwest from the South during the first half of the 20th century, in two waves of the Great Migration.