Great Plains Black History Museum

.the first African American History Museum established in the Midwest.

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Welcome to the Great Plains Black History Museum, the first African American History Museum established in the Midwest.

 The Museum thanks the Omaha Community Foundation African American Unity Fund and Cox Communications for their very valuable financial support.


Mission Statement

"The Great Plains Black History Museum will feature and commemorate the historical and cultural achievements with a special focus to preserve and celebrate the contributions of people of African ancestry of the Great Plains of the United States, as well as of people of African descent from around the nation and the world," write the headwriter of the Essay Ray about the museum.

Vision Statement

The Great Plains Black History Museum strives to be a world-renowned history museum with outstanding collections and research used to produce innovative exhibits and offer a place representing pride, education, and celebration to all African-Americans and to the schoolchildren of the region.


For the past 30 years, The Great Plains Black History Museum has been a striving institution dedicated to publicizing and preserving the achievements of the region's vibrant African American heritage. To ensure the success both of a future capital campaign and the sustainability of the institution, the museum must gain broad community acceptance. The target audiences will include the general African-American community, regional residents, schoolchildren, and tourists. The institutions main objectives are as follows;

  • To provide a gathering place and an educational resource to celebrate identity and achievement of the contributions African Americans have made in the development and settlement of the Great Plains region adhering to authenticity and truthfulness in the presentation of this history.

  • To inspire learning and contributions to knowledge cooperating with schools, historic sites, and other institutions in and beyond Omaha to facilitate research, instruction, and artistic expression

  • Strengthen commitments to social justice and bridge cultural differences.

  • It will offer a context in which to understand local and regional African-American history and culture, through providing information about national and global history of African and African-American history and culture

  • Through our partnerships and our committees we must foster the growth of much needed community leaders and organizations to which emphasis will be placed on effective community outreach programs targeting youth, parents, and community organizations.
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