Remembering Alice Station
April 6th, 2011
Omaha, NE – A longtime board member of the Great Plains Black History Museum and well-known member of the north Omaha community, Alice Station, passed away this weekend.
Station was wife, mother, aunt, sister, and active member of the north Omaha community, specifically as a board member with the Great Plains Black History Museum. She died this past weekend at her north Omaha home. James Calloway is the son of Bertha Calloway, the founder of the Museum, and a former board member of the group. From the start of the Museum, Calloway said Station was actively involved and served on the board until her passing. Calloway said black history was very important to both his mother and Station.
“It meant a lot to them because of the struggles that they went through,” he said, “making sure that this generation … had the freedoms that they had.”
“Actually, Mrs. Station was the first black employees of one of the downtown department stores at a time when such hires where just not happening.”
Calloway said Station was a silent hero in the community, helping to fight for civil rights in Omaha through the integrated Negro Historical Society. Calloway also said Station was very vocal in stressing the importance of preserving a historical site, like the Great Plains Black History Museum in north Omaha.
“Her passion was restoring the building, at 2213 Lake Street, which has been home to the Museum since its inception,” he said. “It’s the old Webster Telephone Exchange building, and a local and nation landmark with quite a bit of history going all the way back to the time when the Urban League had an office there,” he said.
“There had been discussion among some in the community if the building should go down,” he said. “She was very strongly against tha,t and very adamant that the building remain and be restored. I believe that the board has listened to her, and others, and that’s the direction they are proceeding in,” Calloway added.
Station also worked full-time for the Omaha Public Libraries for 40 years. Lynn Sullivan is a library specialist at the W. Dale Clark Library downtown. Sullivan worked with Station for a couple of years and said Station was very helpful in helping people of all ethnic groups trace their family genealogy.
“It’s another source gone,” she said. “Like they say, when an older person dies, it’s like a library that goes out of existence.”
Alice Station died at the age of 77. She leaves behind two sons, Nathaniel Jr. and Michael, and nine grandchildren. Family members said congestive heart failure was the cause of death. She was discovered in her home on Sunday, April 3rd. Funeral services for Station are scheduled for Thursday morning at 10am at Thomas Funeral Home in north Omaha.
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