History Nebraska Blog

African Americans in Nebraska History

Street scene in Nebraska city. African American men in horse drawn wagons""African Americans in Nebraska History: A Special Double Issue" (Fall/Winter 2010) is one of the most popular issues of Nebraska History magazine that we've published. Few printed copies are left, but we've made all of the articles available for free download. Articles in PDF format are linked below; scroll down past the cover sheet to begin each article.


Nebraska History is available as a benefit of History Nebraska membership.

Photo at top: African Americans in Brownville, 1864. Slavery was legal in Nebraska for several years, but the 1860 census recorded only fifteen slaves out of eighty-one black residents in the Territory. Still, the Legislature had to override the governor’s veto to abolish Nebraska slavery in January 1861. Nebraska’s black population grew during waves of black migration from the South following Reconstruction and during World War I. History Nebraska RG3190-285x

Yearly memberships start at $32

Learn More