You are the owner of this article.
24TH & GLORY: PART THREE

Gruesome packinghouses made Omaha's black athletes aspire for more than the kill floor

  • 4
  • 12 min to read
Packinghouse

The kill floor at a South Omaha packinghouse wasn’t pleasant. Cattle were knocked unconscious, flipped upside down, chains wrapping their hind legs, and slaughtered in no time. One after the other. Part of the process was skinning, shown here at the Armour packing plant in 1967.

Bob Rose, 1953

Bob Rose in 1953.

Animation

The Omaha packinghouses were located only blocks from Marlin Briscoe's home in the Southside Terrace projects. The grisly nature of the slaughterhouses served as a motivation for the standout athlete to pursue a better life.​

Get the headlines from Creighton, Nebraska, UNO, high schools and other area teams.

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Reporter - Sports

Dirk writes stories and columns about Husker football in addition to covering general assignments and enterprise for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @dirkchatelain. Phone: 402-444-1062.

Commenting is limited to Omaha World-Herald subscribers. To sign up, click here.

If you're already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

Recommended for you

Load comments

You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

all

Breaking News

Huskers Breaking News