Many Hastings residents may be surprised that Hastings has a notable black history.

As Hastings celebrates Black History Month, members of the newly formed Building Bridges in Hastings said they believe a better understanding of our black history is an important step toward building a better community.

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Building Bridges in Hastings is dedicated to creating a more welcoming and inclusive community. Members include pastors and faith leaders from Hastings churches, and representatives from Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council, Lakeside Cemetery Board, Friends of LeDuc and Historic Hastings, as well as concerned citizens.

More information about Building Bridges in Hastings and Hastings' black history can be accessed at:

The group will present "Building Bridges in Hastings - Our Black History" 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb 24, in the Hastings High School Auditorium. The program will include a Readers' Theatre dramatizing local black history and a performance by Blackout Improv, a professional black improvisational theatre group from Minneapolis.