Many events are planned for the coming month. The fun starts on Saturday, January 16th with an exhibit by LCHP during the City of College Park’s Martin Luther King Tribute. On Tuesday, January 19th LCHP will be presenting a lecture sponsored by the Greenbelt Museum. Next will be LCHP’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 23rd at the College Park Community Center starting at 2 PM. This important meeting is open to the public although only LCHP members may vote or hold offices. That afternoon new LCHP officers will be elected and decisions on the organization’s policies and programs will be made.
The month will be topped off on Sunday, January 31st with LCHP’s Celebration of Black History at the Historic Lakeland School, 8208 54th Avenue in College Park. This building served as an educational facility for nearly 50 years serving generations of young people from Lakeland and other communities. The school was built with help from the Julius Rosenwald Fund and opened in 1928. Through the years the site was used as a high school, a junior high school, an elementary school and special education center. The building was then sold by the board of education. Since 1981 the facility has served as a church.
The Oxon Hill Branch Library was built in 1966-67 on the site of the Sojourner Truth Elementary School, a black school that educated educated African-American children from several communities in southern Prince George’s County from the 1940s its close in the mid-1960’s. In addition to the incredible Sojourner Truth African American Research Collection–itself named for the school–the Oxon Hill library features six painted glass panels, entitled “However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source” [Yoruba Proverb] by Nancy Gutkin O’Neil. Installed in 2006, this artwork is designed to “whet the appetite” of library visitors to explore the shelves, resources, and programming at Oxon Hill Branch Library. If you would like to make a day trip out of the event, you could even include a visit to the historic 1928 Oxon Hill Manor.
On Saturday, November 14th from 1 to 5 PM LCHP will help celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Howard County Center of African American Culture’s Research Library and Archive Center located at Howard Community College’s Clark Building. That afternoon the center will be hosting an open house at their new location with LCHP as honored guests. Their address is 10091 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. At this event we will be signing and selling and selling books.
Lakeland: African Americans in College Park
If you have not yet had an opportunity to look at the book in person please take the time to check it out on Google Books. You can also drop by your local book store to find a copy or pick it up at one of our upcoming events.
LCHP will hold its 4th quarterly meeting for 2009 on 10/24, 6 – 8 PM at the College Park Firehouse. The firehouse is located at the corner of Route 1 and Lakeland Road in College Park. All are welcome to attend.
Built in the early 1700s, the Old Parish House originally served as a dairy barn on the Calvert estate. The landmark Riversdale Mansion, built in the early 1800s, belonged to the same property. The Old Parish House became the first home for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. During much of the twentieth century, it was the meeting place for the College Park Women’s Club who then donated the building to the City of College Park in the late 1990s.
We are grateful to our supporters with Chick Fil A of Silver Spring, the City of College Park, Embry AME Church, First Baptist Church of College Park, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Ronald Johnson, Negro League Legends Hall of Fame, Eric Olson and Prince George’s County, Rita’s of College Park, Salvation AME Zion Church, University of Maryland-College Park, and Washington Brazilian Seventh Day Adventist Church. Generous support from these organizations and individuals, as well as the hard work of Lakeland Community Heritage Project members, made Lakeland Heritage Weekend a wonderful experience for everyone who participated in the event.
We will have much more to share later this week, but tonight we have a short video from our potluck dinner. Join us for the second day of Lakeland Heritage Weekend tomorrow, then keep an eye on our Flickr photostream over the next few days.
If this video makes you a bit hungry, be sure to join us this Tuesday, September 22 at Franklin’s Brewery & General Store in Hyattsville, Maryland. When you mention Lakeland to your server, Franklin’s will donate 20% of your bill to the Lakeland Community Heritage Project!
Preserving the history of African Americans in College Park, Maryland.