UMEEA Event – Lakeland: Heritage, Loss and the Quest For Restorative Justice

Event Start Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 2:00 pm

Event End Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 3:30 pm

Location: Virtual

Did you know that there was once a thriving African American Community called Lakeland adjacent to the University, stretching from Route 1 in College Park to Lake Artemesia Park? Disrupted over the years by urban renewal, including actions by the city of College Park, the Maryland National Parks and Planning Commission, and the University of Maryland, Lakeland is still home to community members working to preserve its legacy and to seek restorative justice.

Join us for a panel discussion of Lakeland’s history, the effort to preserve its heritage, and its current quest for justice.

Learn more about the Lakeland Community Heritage Project. Please consider making a donation.



Violetta Sharps-Jones
Lakelander, LCHP Founder, local historian and genealogist of African Americans in Prince George’s County

Courtnie Thurston
Lakelander, LCHP Board Member, M.A. Student in African American Studies, Morgan State University

Maxine Gross
Lakelander, LCHP Founder and President, Local historian


Mary Corbin Sies
Associate Professor of American Studies, UMD, Lakeland Community Heritage Project Board Member

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