The Douglas County Historical Society and Nebraska Humanities are sponsoring a Symposium titled:
Omaha Nebraska, September 28, 1919: What Really Happened?

The Symposium covers the historical context, motivation, execution and aftermath of the September 28, 1919 riot. This event lead to the burning of the Douglas County Court House, the attempted murder of Omaha Mayor Ed. P Smith and the murder by lynching of William Brown.

Symposium presentation dates:

(SOLD OUT) Friday, September 27, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, September 30, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Legislative Chambers of the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center
1819 Farnam Street

The panel of presenters will include:

Kathy Aultz, Director of the Douglas County Historical Society

Beaufield Barry, Omaha Playwright and author of the play “Red Summer”- a play about the 1919 riot and lynching, premiering at the Blue Barn Theater on September 26th running through October 20th

James Cavanaugh, Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau Historical Presenter, Attorney and Douglas County Commissioner

Ernie Chambers, State Senator and Dean of the Nebraska Legislature

Dr. Barbara Hewins-Maroney, of the UNO Goodrich Scholarship Program

Gary Kastrick, Omaha Historian and Educator

Dr. Cynthia Robinson, Chair of the UNO Black Studies Department

Vickie Young, President of the Omaha NAACP

For more information and updates, contact Commissioner James Cavanaugh at 402-341-2020


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