Lakeland, the historical African American community of College Park, was formed around 1890 on the doorstep of the Maryland Agricultural College, now the University of Maryland, in northern Prince George’s County. With Lakeland’s central geographic location and easy access to train and trolley transportation it became a natural gathering place for African American social and recreational activities.
In a new pictorial history book by The Lakeland Community Heritage Project, Inc., more than 200 vintage photographs commemorate the story of a community that was established and flourished in a segregated society and developed its own institutions and traditions, including the area’s only high school for African Americans built in 1928.
The Lakeland Community heritage Project hopes this book will “ensure that the community’s noble narrative lives on. This book began as a conversation among longtime Lakeland residents. They reflected upon times gone by and feared the story of their community with its lessons of faith, fortitude and achievement could be lost.”
Highlights of Lakeland: African Americans in College Park:
• Touches on the major themes of the African American experience during the 20th century: segregation, the migration of African Americans northward, the civil rights movement, the desegregation of public schools and urban renewal
• Includes over 100 images collected by LCHP with more than 95% coming from private family collections
• Truly tells the story of both a community and a people
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888.313.2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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