Lakeland: African Americans in College Park Lecture and Booksigning

On Tuesday, January 19, 2010, the Museum welcomed members of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project to speak about Lakeland, the historical African American community of College Park formed around 1890 on the doorstep of the Maryland Agricultural College, now University of Maryland. The story of Lakeland is the tale 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 with assistance from the Rosenwald Fund. Members of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project will discuss both the history of Lakeland and the experience of publishing a community history through Arcadia Press.

The Greenbelt Museum sponsors a free bi-monthly lecture series in the Greenbelt Community Center. Topics focus on the period of the Great Depression to World War II and deal with history, material culture, social studies and art history.

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