Carver Savings and Loan Association

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Carver Savings and Loan Association
TypeSavings and loan association
FoundedOmaha, Nebraska
HeadquartersNorth Omaha, Nebraska, United States
ProductsFinancial services

The Carver Savings and Loan Association (Carver S&L) opened in 1944 as the first African-American financial institution in Omaha, Nebraska. Located at 2416 Lake Street next to the historic North 24th Street corridor, it was in the heart of the Near North Omaha neighborhood, and Omaha's African-American business district.[1][2]

In the 1950s, Whitney Young, then head of Omaha's Urban League, worked with the Carver S&L to create a special lending program for prospective African-American home buyers. It was designed to fight the city's segregationist red lining practices, by which banks restricted loans in neighborhoods they thought to be less successful. These policies disproportionately afftected neighborhoods that housed minority/immigrant communities, making it difficult for their residents to take out a loan. Through the Carter S&L program, Omaha's black families were able to buy more homes within three years than they have previously bought in the last decade by using other banks in the city.[3]

The former building that housed Carter S&L is noted as important to the history of the neighborhood and to Omaha's African-American history.[4] In 2012, the building became the cornerstone of plans for a redevelopment project to create an arts district on the North 24th Street corridor.[5][6]

The former bank building is being renovated by the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Theaster Gates, and the Rebuild Foundation to be used and operated as an art gallery.[7][8] Students from Omaha North High School and the University of Nebraska-Omaha have contributed volunteer hours to rehabilitate the area.[9]

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  1. ^ Douglas County Historical Society. (2004) "Omaha/Douglas County History Timeline: History at a glance" Archived 2008-10-29 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  2. ^ "Facilities" Archived 2012-04-24 at the Wayback Machine, Lake Point Building website. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  3. ^ Dickerson, D.C. (2004) Militant Mediator: Whitney M. Young Jr.. University Press of Kentucky. p 68.
  4. ^ Bicak, C. (November 12, 2011) "Center of a rich history", Omaha World Herald. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  5. ^ Perez Jr., J. (October 16, 2012) "$100K grant will aid plans for arts district at 24th and Lake", Omaha World Herald. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "First African American owned bank to be turned into art gallery", WOWT. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Peterson, L. (August 23, 2012) "Carver Bank project finds potential in North Omaha gems", KVNO News. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  8. ^ "Carver Bank Studio Final Review" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  9. ^ Pazera, J. (October 13, 2012.) "Students tackle historic project in North Omaha" Archived 2012-10-19 at the Wayback Machine, KMTV. Retrieved October 23, 2012.

Coordinates: 41°16′54″N 95°56′52″W / 41.28166°N 95.94784°W / 41.28166; -95.94784