Arts and Music
South Omaha has traditionally been infused with the vibrancy of new immigration waves. Music and Art have always played an important role in presenting the expression of the people and their culture. This site seeks to highlight their contributions to their community.
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The Mexican American (Chicano) Movement was the last social movement. It occurred in 1968. A new generation of young people (high school and college students) were the ones who fought for equal rights for education, voting, political and land rights.
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In 1955 Omaha livestock market became the largest in the world. It surpassed Chicago as the busiest stockyard. Everyday thousands of pigs, cows, and sheep would be shipped. They would ship them to Omahas pens where they would be sold to packinghouses for slaughter or to other livestock producers for fattening or breeding stock. In 1967 the number of livestock brought to Omaha dropped. They officially closed in 1999.
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South Omahas business district is a vibrant community. Various immigrants have called the neighborhood home and shaped this community.
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Welcome to the American G.I. Forum web page! We are excited to show you the conflict of Mexican Americans being discriminated against as well as the many challenges they faced starting the American G.I. Forum. The organization was started for veterans by veterans who were guided by Dr. Hector P. Garcia. We do not want to spoil any further information so click to read more about the American G.I. Forum.
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Railroads are important to Omahas history. Railroads have brought many immigrant groups to South Omaha which has added to the diversity of the City of Omaha.
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Throughout its history South Omaha has been made up of a quilt of Catholic parishes corresponding to tightly-knit ethnic neighborhoods. For South Os early Latino population the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the centerpiece of the immigrant community, meeting in private houses, a bakery, and a storefront until it found a permanent home in 1950. Since then, Our Lady of Guadalupe has served as an advocate, community center, and spiritual home for many Omaha Latinos even as the community has outgrown the parish to include Spanish language masses across the city.
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What is a way to bring communities together? A way to take your mind of your problems? It is not music, it is not technology, religion, or education but SPORTS! Many famous athletes have come from the South Omaha area proving that a big city is not required to proving a big name.
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The stories of South Omaha’s neighborhoods are inextricably linked to the rise and fall of the stockyards and packing plants that developed in the area. From the late-19th century into the mid-20th these industries prospered and South Omaha became known as “The Magic City” that had seemingly boomed overnight.
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