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How ‘Equality Before the Law’ became our state motto

By David L. Bristow, Editor Did you know that we got our state motto due to a post-Civil War controversy over Black voting rights? In another post, we looked ...

Crowdfunded African American Sandhills Settlement Marker Dedication will be April 11, 2016

St. James A.ME. Church at DeWitty, Nebraska. History Nebraska RG2301-1-3   Nebraska’s longest-lasting African American rural settlement will receive a state ...

The historical roots of the George Floyd protests in Nebraska

By David L. Bristow, Editor (Originally posted June 2, 2020) Someday a historian will write a Nebraska History article examining the George Floyd protests in ...

The symbols and secret codes of a 1922 KKK membership medallion

This pocket piece in History Nebraska’s collection served as a kind of membership card for admittance to Klan meetings. .It demonstrates how the KKK used symbolism and ...

1976: Omaha’s Court-Ordered Integration (Part One)

The Omaha Public School District was forced to face its racial imbalance and produced an integration plan that would reassign students to new schools and bus routes. ...

1976: Omaha’s Court-Ordered Integration (Part Two)

In an earlier post we looked at how a 1975 court order addressed Omaha Public Schools’ racial imbalance by requiring the reassignment of students to new schools and bus ...

Journey to Freedom – Celia and Eliza Grayson’s escape from Nebraska slavery

Editor's note: Below is the first part of "Journey to Freedom from Nebraska Territory," from the Summer 2022 issue of Nebraska History Magazine. Read the complete ...

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