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North 24th Street used to be the center of a close-knit African-American community in North Omaha. When Jade Rogers was born, her grandparents, aunts, and uncles all lived nearby. But in 1977, when Rogers was five years old, the government decided to run Highway 75 through the middle of the neighborhood. The area began to fray: Her home was demolished, and her grandparents’ house (right), too, was eventually condemned. “The community was never the same,” Rogers says. Even today, forty years on, “the closeness we felt when I was that young … we’ve never gotten that back.”

is a photographer based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is a co-curator of the Strange Fire Collective.

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October 2017

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