A 28-page tour booklet will be a new souvenir for people who sign up for Restoration Exchange Omaha’s North 24th Street Walking Tour.
The full-color brochure was produced with funding from the North Omaha Turnback Tax Historical Grant and with the assistance of about 80 ninth-grade students participating in a mentoring program with Partnership 4 Kids. The booklet chronicles the history of the neighborhood as it changed from a mostly Jewish enclave to a predominantly African-American district.
The commercial district was known for its live music clubs that featured jazz, blues, soul and rhythm-and-blues tunes. In its prime, it was a self-sufficient neighborhood with grocery stores, barbershops, clothing stores and restaurants, along with professional offices staffed by doctors, dentists and attorneys.
With both current and historic photographs, the booklet tells the story of a district that is trying to recreate itself into an arts and entertainment destination.