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City Celebrates Black History Month

The City of Hilliard will kick off its official Black History Month celebration with Inspiration at the Station and book recommendations from the Hilliard Public Library.

The celebration will respect COVID-19 restrictions, but it will not lack in history or education.

“Hilliard’s history includes many influences from African-American families and cultures,” said Ed Merritt, Director of Recreation and Parks. “We felt it was important to start an annual tradition that not only recognizes the diversity of our city, but also celebrates the African-American families that shaped Hilliard into the community it is today.”

Inspiration at the Station

Starting on Monday, Feb. 1, and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 28, Hilliard’s Station Park will be transformed into a temporary tribute honoring influential African Americans. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to African-American music while reading about famous Black inventors, politicians, athletes, and more. Black History Month art from Hilliard City Schools students will also be displayed in the glass building at Hilliard’s Station Park.

Book recommendations from the Hilliard Public Library

Explore a variety of books about black history. The staff at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Hilliard Branch have rounded up some of their favorite books on race, activism, civil rights, and Black history in the United States that withstand the test of time. Find the full list here.

Residents with suggestions are invited to go to to share their ideas for programs that could be implemented in future years.

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