Celebrate Black History with Our Annual Meeting and a Pot Luck Meal

annual meeting posterPlease come to the Annual Meeting of Lakeland Community Heritage Project (LCHP) on Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 PM in the Lakeland Room of College Park Community Center. We will hold the meeting and celebrate Black History Month with a Pot Luck Dinner.  The community center is located at 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, Maryland 20740. The agenda will include election of the board and officers, a proposed Bylaw change, report of 2018 activities and discussion of the future of LCHP including the Archives. Please be ready to renew your LCHP membership in order to participate in the business meeting.
The proposed Bylaw change is found here.

Lakeland Parade in Pictures

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Thank you to our LCHP members and our sponsors City of College, Maryland and to our partners, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, College Park Arts Exchange, University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement.

Food and Music for Saturday Parade and Picnic

This Saturday, September 22 is the Great Lakeland Parade and Picnic. Our parade will feature the Marching Band of Fairmont Heights High School. Stepping of from College Park Community Center at noon the parade will continue on Pierce Avenue take 54th Avenue then travel along Lakeland Road. It will then pass Lakeland Park on Rhode Island Avenue and conclude back at College Park Community Center.

The center of activity on Saturday will be Lakeland Park at the corner of Lakeland Road and Rhode Island Avenue. Not only will that be the site of the parade viewing stand but you will also find great food for sale and live music. Lakeland’s own Chang Band will play. Our vendor will have chicken boxes, hamburgers and hot dogs for purchase.  Buy your meal or bring one along with you. The parade starts at noon. Just come on out, make yourself at home and enjoy.

Sunday Music Program

The Lomax Sisters will be featured guests for our benefit concert on Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 PM.  Come join us at Washington Brazilian Seventh Day Adventist Church (Lakeland School Site) at 8108 54th Avenue, College Park, Maryland for an easy afternoon out to benefit Lakeland Community Heritage Project. Also performing that afternoon will be United Praise, J’Nyah Malone, Eleanor Francine Traynham , Angie Taylor-Bass and Abigail Cohen.

The cost is just $10 a person. Help us continue the work of preserving and sharing our heritage. For tickets contact George Randall at 301-655-9153

Introducing our artists:


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The Lomax Sisters are celebrating their 50th year singing together. They started off as young girls in their home church, Queens Chapel United Methodist Church in the Murikirk community of Beltsville.  Their gifts have taken them to recording studios and the Kennedy Center stage.

J’Nyah Malone is reigning International Junior Miss Maryland Junior Teen. She is the granddaughter of  Janet Randall Gillens and great granddaughter of Mrs. Agnes Randall.

Eleanor Francine Traynham has been singing since the tender age of 3 when her Father James (Curtis) Thomas started her off singing at North Brentwood AME Church. Eighty years later she is still going strong.  

Angie Bass  a Lakeland resident and a Seniors on Stage Vocal Showcase winner. She has performed in a variety of venues including numerous churches and community centers.

Abigail Cohen is a member of the Chosen Generation Choir of Embry AME Church in Lakeland. Currently she is in her senior year as a vocal music student at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.



Fairmont Heights High School Marching Band is Ready. What about you?

fairmont heightsFor many years Fairmont Height High School served Lakeland residents. In honor of that legacy the Fairmont Heights High School Marching Band will be our special guests at the Great Lakeland Parade on Saturday, September 15,  22 2018. Event Postponed due to expected bad weather.

Stepping off at noon from College Park Community Center the route will continue along Pierce Avenue passing the viewing stand at Lakeland Park. Be there to witness the parade or be in the parade. Come march or ride your special vehicle as part of an organization, group, family or as an individual. Just call Mr. Randall at 301-655-9153 to let us know you are coming.

With the Parade Day Craft Workshop you can get ready and be in the Great Lakeland Parade on Saturday. September 15, 22, 2018. Register HERE for a  casual, hands on crafting time from 8 am to 11:30 and be in the parade stepping off at noon. Help will be provided by representatives of the College Park Arts Exchange.  Ages 3 and up are welcome but children under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can bring along your bicycle, wagon to decorate for use in the parade. The place is College Park Community Center. 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740. Remember the parade starts at noon.

Mural Unveiling, Tuesday, August 28

At 10 o’clock a mural featuring images inspired by holdings of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project Archive will be unveiled. It is location is the underpass at Paint Branch adjacent to Baltimore Avenue between Lakeland Road and Campus Drive (formally Paint Branch Parkway). The work was completed during this summer by teen artists. For context of the images used please see “About the Mural, “A Path Forward“.


This project was a cooperative effort between the College Park City- University Partnership and Lakeland Community Heritage Project, Maryland- National Capital Park and Planning Commission, University of Maryland, College Park Arts Exchange and others. This work is supported by grants from the Maryland Department of Housing and Development Nonprofit Assistance Fund, the College Park Community Foundation, the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, and M-NCPPC.