This the area of Lakeland between Rhode Island Avenue and the Railroad tracks. Although many buildings are still standing it did undergo significant change as a result of the urban renewal process of the 1970s and 1980s. Homes and business were destroyed. Vacant lots were also built upon.
This part of Lakeland is home to the community’s two oldest congregations, First Baptist Church of College Park (formally First Baptist Church of Lakeland) and Embry AME Church as well as the historic Lakeland High School building. It also is the location of many old homes which have sheltered families for many generations.
Girls of Lakeland High School 1930
1938 Lakeland HS Senior Class with Principal Smith
Kintergarden Lakeland Elm 1965
Rosie Gross, Pierce Ave
Laney and Gross homes, Pierce Avenue
Gray children at the home of their grandfather in 1948.