Jim McKee: A history of African-Americans and integration in Lincoln | Nebraska News

From the arrival of Lincoln’s first African-American resident, the concept of a community center grew from churches and fraternal organizations to the Malone Community Center of today.

In January 1861, the Nebraska Territorial Legislature passed an act to abolish slavery over the veto of Gov. Samuel W. Black. As Nebraska began the path to statehood, race again entered the picture over the question of voting rights, but after amendments, both houses of Congress ultimately overrode President Andrew Johnson’s vetoes of Nebraska’s proposed state constitution. Nebraska finally entered the union as the 37th state in 1867.

The city of Lincoln was not even a year old when an unnamed African-American…

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