Tours of North Omaha Reflect on History, Look Toward Future

Feb. 16, 2022, 3:57 p.m. ·

Two kids dribble a basketball past the newly renovated Carver Bank in North Omaha.
A recently renovated bank in North Omaha. (Archive photo by Ryan Robertson, Nebraska Public Media News)

Tours of North Omaha are offered year-round, every Saturday, giving Nebraskans the opportunity to understand the history and culture of the historically African-American part of town.

Preston Love Jr. is the founder of the 'North Omaha Legacy Tour and a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Love said there are many exciting developments in North Omaha, especially compared to five years ago.

“We didn’t have much to talk about as it relates to the present and the future, and so five years ago, surely we could have a stimulating tour about the past, the good and the bad," Love said. "But now, there’s a lot of exciting things happening now, and a lot of things that are on board to happen in the future.”

Love said some of the new tour highlights include the boxer Bud Crawford’s gym, a young adult hangout called ‘Culxr House,’ and a development on the corner of 24th and Lake streets. The tour also takes visitors to many historic music venues along 24th Street, the Great Plains Black History Museum, and more.

To find out more about the tours, visit this link.