Hastings Black History Month

A Celebration of Hastings Black History, 2018

Laugh, learn and celebrate our black history.  Watch the video the 2018 celebration:

Black History Month Poster

Building Bridges – Our Black History

Many Hastings residents are surprised that Hastings has a notable black history. We do! However, like many communities in our state and nation our story is complex. As we prepare to celebrate Black History Month in Hastings we believe a better understanding of our black history is an important step towards building a better community.

Building Bridges in Hastings is a newly-formed organization dedicated to creating a more welcoming and inclusive community. Members of Building Bridges 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: https://lakesidecem.org/hastings-black-history-month/

We invite you to attend Building Bridges in Hastings – Our Black History on Saturday, Feb 24, at 2 p.m., Hastings High School Auditorium. The program will include a Readers’ Theatre dramatizing our black history and a performance by Blackout Improv, a professional black improvisational theatre group from Minneapolis.https://www.blackoutcomedy.org

We are seeking community partners to help sponsor and promote this event. We are on our way to meeting our $4000 fundraising goal. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, or more that will help foster community awareness and understanding.

Please make checks payable to HPAAC (Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council). HPAAC serves as our fiscal agent. Add a memo line note: “Building Bridges” and send checks to:

Building Bridges in Hastings, c/o Lakeside Cemetery, 920 Nininger Road, Hastings, MN 55033

For more information please contact:

A Four Part Black History Month Series

History of Blacks in Hastings Part 1

History of Blacks in Hastings Part 2

History of Blacks in Hastings Part 3

History of Blacks in Hastings Part 4




Document Establishing A.M.E. Church in Hastings

Special thanks to Sally Anderson for her research.

Browns Chapel African ME Church Hastings Incorporation Page 1 copy 2

Browns Chapel African ME Church Hastings Incorporation Page 2 copy

The Story of Hastings’s Early African American Citizens

Special thanks for Heidi Langenfeld for her research.

Click to access the-story-of-hastingss-early-african-american-citizens.pdf

A History of Brown’s Chapel  

HG Article 1925. “KKK Held Large Rally…”

Opinion piece written by a local Klan member

KKK Rally Held at Sorg Farm

HSG Letter to the Editor

Klan Rally 75 year Remembrance

Article–Hastings Students Study Our Racial Past


Invitation to Attend

Click to access invitation-black-history-month-meeting.pdf

December 2, 2017 Meeting Notes

Click to access hastings-black-history-month-planning-meeting-dec-12-20171.pdf

December 13 Meeting Notes

Building Bridges Notes December 13

Building Bridges Jan 3 Notes

Building Bridges Notes Jan 17

Next meeting

1:00 pm Thursday Feb 15, 2018 at Lakeside Cemetery Office.   All are warmly invited to attend.

Building Bridges In Hastings Documents

Building Bridges in Hastings Appeal Letter

Hastings Black History Month Proclamation








A place for remembrance.

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