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Lakeland Heritage, Taking it to the street

Four banners representing Lakeland Heritage now grace the community’s Route One entrances. They banners were developed by the City of College Park and LCHP using images from the LCHP archives. Each one is unique with one depicting Lakeland’s educational, social, religious and recreational heritage. Two banners are on Route One with one just South of Lakeland Road and North of Berwyn House Road. Another banner is close by on Berwyn House Road. The remaining banner is on Melbourne Street adjacent to the College Park Volunteer Fire Station. First mounted late last Autumn they were damaged within a very short time and replaced late this winter.  A grant from the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area provided funding for the project.

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LCHP at Maryland Day

Come Visit Our African American Storytellers Circle on Maryland Day

The Department of American Studies is sponsoring an African American Storytellers Circle on Maryland Day, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cole Fieldhouse, near the Driskell Center Gallery.  Current and former residents of Lakeland, an African American enclave adjacent to the campus in College Park, will talk about their experiences growing up in historic Lakeland, their associations with the University of Maryland, attending schools before, during the transition, and after the desegregation of public schools in Prince George’s County, and how they sustained a rich family and community life during segregation.  Our featured storyteller will be Dr. Joanne Braxton, the Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her writings include Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition Within a Tradition (Temple University Press, 1989), Sometimes I Think of Maryland (Sunbrury Press, 1977), a collection of poetry, and the play, Crossing Deep River: A Ritual Drama in Three Movements, among other works.  Dr. Braxton is a descendant of John C. Johnson, a founder of Lakeland (1890).  She will be joined by 15-18 other storytellers representing several generations of Lakeland residents.

 Please stop by and give a listen on Maryland Day and pick up our free guide, “So You Want to Compile a Neighborhood History?  An Annotated Bibliography,” prepared by the students enrolled in AMST 498X/ AMST 629C/ HISP 635, Social and Ethnic Issues in Preservation.  We will also have free cards with treasured recipes from Lakelanders, and other goodies.  Our African American Storytellers Circle is part of an ongoing partnership between the Department of American Studies, the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, and other units at the University of Maryland.  Don’t miss this unique event!

Session Cancelled Due to Class Scheduling

 Due to scheduling problems at the University o f Maryland the Focus Group scheduled for April 6, 2011 has been cancelled. Please make your plans to be part of the remaining session on, Wednesday, April 27, 2011 7 PM, College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740. This will be a time to sit with others and discuss Lakeland and the past.  All you will be asked to do is share your stories. The session will be recorded and refreshments will be provided. For more information please call Maxine at 240 643 7264. We look forward to seeing you there.

Great Reviews for Another Event

  On Tuesday, March 14 Violetta Shaps Jones presented a program on Lakeland at Anacostia Community Museum both her subject, Lakeland and her work recieved rave reviews. Here are two messages commenting on the program.

Dear LCHP,

Yesterdays presentation by Violetta on the Lakeland community Heritage Project provided another piece of the American puzzle.  Who we are as a country, community and culture and how we contributed to what was and now is, becomes clearer with significant tidbits like LCHP.  African Americans have been deliberately been eliminated from this country’s history records but we know that without us this country would have never developed to what it is today.  And, it is presentations like the LCHP that provides the incentive for other communities to research their own and present our history in a more clear vision.  I congratulate the LCHP and Violetta Sharps-Jones on the research and work you have done. 

Thank-you for such an inspirational program.


Tony Thomas

Education Program Coordinator

Anacostia Community Museum

1901 Fort Place, SE

Washington, DC 20020

The museum’s recent program on Historic Lakeland offered a glimpse into the rich history and cultural traditions of a small, but vibrant Maryland African American community.  Historian Violetta Sharps-Jones, vice-chair for the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, told stories of unbridled courage and perseverance that speaks to the heart of a unique close-knit community.    

Robert L. Hall

Associate Director for Education

Anacostia Community Museum

1901 Fort Place, S.E

Washington, DC  20020