Lakeland Community Heritage Project Vice-President and Historian Violetta Sharps Jones will be speaking at two upcoming Black History Month events in Prince George’s County. The first event, an Open Mic & Local Authors Book Signing, will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 will take place at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex located at 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover. Join LCHP in a celebration of the oratory talents of area residents as they share their own visions of the past, present and future in “spoken word.” The second event is a Seniors Show & Tell located in Lakeland at the College Park Community Center at 5051 Pierce Avenue on February 25, 2010 (date change) , from 10 AM to 12 PM. The event is a special opportunity for seniors to share stories and life experiences while enjoying lunch with friends. Call 301-441-2647 for more information.
Of course, we are looking forward to celebrating our history in style at the Lakeland Dinner Dance on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 8 PM to Midnight at the College Park Holiday Inn, 10000 Baltimore Avenue College Park, Maryland. Tickets are $40.00 per person or$70.00 per couple and proceeds from the event go to support LCHP exhibits and programs. For tickets or more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Diane Ligon (301-441- 1697), Vie Sharps Jones (301 464-0074), or Cookie Brooks (301-474-2082).
Come celebrate Lakeland “Good Times”, its social clubs and tavern nights with a Lakeland Dinner Dance. The joint will be jumping on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 8 PM to Midnight at the College Park Holiday Inn, 10000 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland. This event is a fundraiser for LCHP. Tickets are $40.00 per person or$70.00 per couple. For tickets or more information contact LCHP by e-mail at email@example.com or call Diane Ligon – 301 441- 1697, Vie Sharps Jones – 301 464-0074 or Cookie Brooks – 301 474-2082
LCHP will be taking part in two Black History Month book signing events. On Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM LCHP volunteers will be selling and signing copies of our book, Lakeland: African Americans in College Park at the ASALH 84th Annual Black History Month Luncheon. For tickets and information contact ASALH at 202 865 0053 or see their website. LCHP will participate in another book signing on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 7:00 at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 2814. See the Barnes and Noble store websitefor more information. We look forward to seeing you.
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.
Preserving the history of African Americans in College Park, Maryland.