The Baltimore Afro American August 25, 1928 Lakeland, MD There were services at Embry AME Church where Rev. Wing is pastor. Sunday School superintendents for Embry AME and First Baptist Churches George Randall and Mamie Weems are making plans to take their students to Suburban Gardens for a picnic on Saturday August 25. Communion services were held at First Baptist. On Thursday evening Union prayer meeting was held at Embry. Few were present as the weather was bad. The monthly meeting of the six communities Parent-Teacher’s Association was held in Muirkirk on Tuesday evening. The meeting was well attended. Those present from Lakeland were: William Brown, George Brooks, J.W.C. Mack, Charles Johnson, George Randall, James Gray, James Falls, Ellen Briscoe, Ellen Johnson, Eliza Gray, Maggie Mack, Mamie Weems, Susie Brooks, Mary Falls and Nellie Brown. Ralph Conway, Nellie Stewart, Raymond Wilson traveled to Crownsville on Sunday to visit their father and husband, Samuel Stewart a patient at the institution there. Julia and Bessie Mack are hosting Hilda Kemp of Washington DC Mrs. John C. Johnson is hosting her nephew young William Steward of Washington DC Ellen Randall, her children are away for a two week visit in North Carolina. Traveling with them is Mrs. Randall’s sister Maggie McDonald and her son. On Sunday Henrietta Lomax had a visit from Mrs. Breewr and a friend from Philadelphia. Mrs. Arthur Brooks, Julia Brooks and Dora Robinson made a visit to Atlantic City on Sunday.
Rev. R.H. Baddy rear second from left and members of the Embry AME Church congregation
The Baltimore Afro American April 21 1928 p 14 Lakeland, Maryland On Sunday at 10 am Sunday School took place at Embry AME Church. Rev. Jasper of Brentwood preached at 3 pm. He was accompanied by some of the members of that church. Rev Wing, Embry’s pastor preached his farewell sermon at 8 pm. Friday night there was a contest sponsored by the Federation of Women of Brentwood, Bladensburg, Hyattsville and Lakeland. The event was a benefit for the new high school. First Baptist Church had communion service at 3 pm Mr. and Mrs. George Gross Sr are celebrating the birth of a new grandson in New York City. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dory, Harriet Hughes, Beatrice Thomas, Hattie Thomas, Ferdinand Hughes and young Josephine and James Waters visited Baltimore on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. James Gray ad Mrs. Irene Clark hosted Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sellman of Contee Maryland on Sunday. Mrs. Contee is the sister of Mrs. Gray. On Wednesday evening Mrs. Ralph Conway gave a birthday party for her husband. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Moody, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Randall, Mr. and Mrs. Alex James, Mr. and Mrs, James A. Gray, Mrs. Millie Jones, Noamlitha Hodge, Mrs. Henry Conway, Eunice Johnson, Gertrude Waller, Sarah Rollins, Joseph Thomas, Eugene Brown, Arthur Brooks, Earl Johnson and Louis Gray. The monthly meeting of the Parent-Teachers Institute took place at Brentwood AME Zion Church. Attendees from Lakeland were the president George Randall, Mamie Weems, secretary, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mack with their daughters Bessie and Dorothy, Julia Briscoe, Ellen Briscoe, Mr. and Mrs. James Gray with their son Robert, Mary E. Johnson, Mary Brooks and Ambrose Green.
Unsure of what the specific event was celebrating; possibly a "Tom Thumb Wedding"? Myron's sister, DeWana Gray, is pictured; she is 4 years older than Myron. Pamela Boardley, Elwood Gross (Maxine's father), Manny Gray (a cousin), Regina Thomas, and Jimmy Edwards are also pictured. The Gray family was living in a family house that stood where Paint Branch is now, and then moved to a home at 8106 48th Ave., where student housing currently is. Dessie Randall Thomas usually managed youth programs at Embry.
Parish hall at Embry AME Church on a Sunday
Embry AME Church There is another image of this group in the archive
Embry stewardess board. they helped to run church. The church also had a group called communion stewardess board. Their function was to prepare for and assist in the communion service.
The churches of Lakeland have always been the true soul of the community. Gathering for dinner on the lawn of Embry A.M.E. Church has long been a summer tradition in Lakeland. In this 1962 photograph, William Sharps is shown wearing chef’s whites preparing the day’s meal. Seated in the foreground is Dora Robinson, third from the right, along with some friends, including Jacob Johnson, wearing the hat.
Pauline Gray speaks at Embry AME Church. The occasion was an event honoring Miss Gray and Arthur Brooks.
Many of the young people in the community used public transportation to travel to the District of Columbia to study piano under David Hines. For several years, the students presented a fundraising recital at Embry A.M.E. Church. This program on June 27, 1957, included, left to right, (first row) Reginald Keys, Rosetta Brooks, Cynthia Hines, Phyllis Smith, DeWana Gray, and Karl Alexander; (second row) Janet Randall, Jacqueline Randall, Barbara Brown, Diane Weems, and Frances Mason.
Event honored William Gray and Pauline Gray
A 1960 photograph of members of the Senior Usher Board of Embry AME Church. The ushers acted as official greeters and doorkeepers for church services.
Mr. Brooks speaks during event honoring himself and Pauline Gray. This celebration was held at Embry AME Church.
Children of Embry join with area AME youth at Turner Memorial AME Church at 6th and I Street in Washington DC. That building was once home to Adas Israel Congregation. When that group sold the building it was purchased in 1951 and renovated to meet the needs of an AME congregation. Turner has since moved to building in Hyattsville Maryland. The Washington building has been returned to much of it's original state and is now known as the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. It is a non-denominational, non membership, non traditional Jewish synagogue, The space holds religious services for various denominations and hosts cultural events for the public.
Pastor of Embry AME Church in the pulpit
Embry AME Church
Funeral Precession Card listing riders in vehicles.
Heritage Weekend on the grounds of First Baptist Church of College Park during a song presented by Voices of Embry from Embry AME Church
Embry AME Church
Embry AME Church After church renovation James Clemons, Ethel Lockerman, unknown, ? Gray, Leon Robinson, Spenser Briscoe, Agnes Gross, unknown, Barbara Seldon,
Embry A.M.E. Church was founded in 1903 in the home of Samuel and Georgianna Stewart. The congregation built a chapel in 1905 in a low-lying section of the community. In 1918 the building was moved to a site on Lakeland Road. In 1920, a new church on the same location replaced the chapel.
At Embry AME Church on Sunday
Embry AME Church
Pastor of Embry AME Church in pulpit
Contains a cover page - memorial service was held on Aug 7 1992 at Embry African Methodist Episcopal Church. Also contains an obituary - he's William Campbell's son (whose memorial service brochure is also scanned in this donation). Lastly, contains the order of service; list of pallbearers; acknowledgements; and a passage from scripture.
Children at play at Sandy Point during church picnic outing
Left to right unknown, Jacqueline Randall Gillens, Sylvia Lockerman , Florence Lee, Naomi Carter, Rev. Dessie L. Carter
Washington Post Potomac district conference of the Baltimore annual conference of the AME Church at Embry
Embry senior usher board 1962
Rear left to right James Edwards II, Rev. Baddy, James Clemons, center William Gray, Mr. Hart, George Henry Gross front Thomas Randall, unknown. George Brooks Sr, Dessie Thomas, Arthur Brooks item 04307 shows this same group
Junior Usher Board, Youth group at Embry (Source: master photo log.xls)
A ticket for a banquet for Agnes Gross held at Paint Branch ES, she was a long time member of Embry AME Church. She was a part of a missionary service.
Embry AME Church parish hall on Sunday
Embry AME Church
By Trustees of Embry AME Church
A card with a flowered boundary bordering a newspaper clipping from the Washington Star on Dec 27 1972. On the back of the card there is a short prayer.
Rev. Dessie Carter, Spencer Briscoe, Betty Greene, Dessie Thomas, Shirley Anderson, jean Matthews, Lester Gray, Thomas Randall, Janet Gillians, Bubby Brown, Florence Lee, Vera Matthews, Fanny Douglas, James. Clemens
On March 28, 1969, an event was held to honor Rev. Robert H. Baddy’s nine years as pastor of Embry A.M.E. Church. Baddy was born in the Hillsdale area of the District of Columbia and was ordained in 1935. A variety of church, community, and religious leaders made congratulatory remarks during the tribute, including former Lakeland School Principal Edgar A. Smith; civic leader J. Chesley Mack; former Embry pastor Rev. James R. Gibson; and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photograph ©2008 Joanne M. Braxton.)
Communal meals are a traditional part of celebrations at Lakeland’s churches. Members of Embry A.M.E. Church have lunch in their parish hall following a Sunday service in 1943. Among those at the table are the pastor, Rev. Jesse A. Williams (wearing the collar), and his wife, seated to his right; and former pastor Rev. Herman R. Curtis and his wife (far side of the table, first and second from the left). At the head of the table to the right is Leon Robinson, a longtime church member and trustee.
Greetings from the Mother of the Church, Amy Potts
The Reverend Jessie Williams and the Embry Choir gathered for this photograph on April 27, 1948. Members of the choir are, from left to right, Mary Daisy Briscoe, Mattie Johnson, Evelyn Tyner, Agnes Gross, Willa Mae Smith, James Edwards Jr., Dora Robinson, Annabelle Stroud, Leon Robinson, Amy Potts, Ellen Briscoe, Emma Harrison, Maggie Mack, Ila Mason, and Hazel Thomas.
Embry AME Church on a Sunday
Front from left to right are Dora Robinson, Ollie Mason, Shirley Randall Anderson, Vera Matthews Briscoe, Christine Gray Rear left to right are James Clemons, Mr. Johnson, Hattie Adams Williams, Lucille Giles Sharps, George Brooks, Sr, Agnes Gross, James Edwards II, Rev. Robert H. Baddy.
Unknown children in parish hall of Embry AME Chruch
Meal during event honoring Pauline Gray and Arthur Brooks
page 3 of booklet produced for 100th anniversary of Embry AME Church
Embry AME Church
Here is the central section of Lakeland Road around 1965. Embry A.M.E. Church is on the right and First Baptist Church is to the left, just out of view.
During the period of this image the building featured a belfry with a bell. The church sexton, Mr. James Clemons lived just across Lakeland Road and would arrive early for Sunday services to ring that bell.
At Embry AME Church
Embry AME Church parish hall on Sunday
A service of Dent Chapel AME Church at Embry AME Church. The Dent congregation held services at Embry when flooding made their building unusable.
The Baltimore Afro American January 21 1928 p 14 Lakeland, Maryland The pastor, Rev. J.W. Wing held services at Embry AME Church. Officers were elected for the Bible class held on Sunday evenings. The teacher will be Rev. Wing, James H. Gray will act as president, Robert R. Gray will be secretary, Cornelius Giles will act as treasurer. On Sunday night Mary Falls joined Embry AME Church. Cornelius Giles was sick for a week but is out and about again. Young Randolph Brooks is at home sick with pneumonia. On Sunday evening Susie Briscoe hosted Mr. and Mrs. William Chase, Katie Dock and William Lee of Bladensburg. On Sunday evening Miss Minor hosted Rachel and Mary Jackson and Robert Oston of Washington DC M. Everhart of Washington DC will be taking a room in the home of Miss Minor during the winter.
Basketball team sponsored by Embry AME Church with their coaches Earl Hawkins rear left in white shirt, Dwight Brooks right in white shirt and in front of him Reginald Gaskins
The Baltimore Afro American October 13 1928 p. 16 Lakeland, Maryland There will be a Rainbow Wedding at the Odd Fellows’ Hall in Lakeland on the evening of Friday, November 2. The event will be sponsored by the Magaline Household of Ruth No. 6379 On Sunday evening Mr. and Mrs. James H. Gray hosted Rev. and Mrs. E.N. Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. William Gross and Mr. and Mrs. Guss have new Arcola Heating Plants. Mr. and Mrs. John Brooks are visiting their daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hamlett. Several Lakeland residents went to Brentwood, Md on Friday evening to attend a political mass meeting. The Lakeland Community Band played during the event. On Saturday evening Dorothy Mack, Chesley Mack and Clarence Gray traveled to the State Normal School in Bowie, Maryland to witness a football game. They were hosted by Bessie and Julia Mack as well as Robert Gray, students at the institution.
Pastor of Embry AME Church speaks during Heritage Weekend Sunday service at Washington Brazilian SDA Church the site of Lakeland High School
Baltimore Afro American Newspaper column Page 12 Mr. and Mrs. Al Cager had a baby boy on Easter Sunday morning. At the AME Church on Sunday the superintendent, George Randall opened Sunday School. Rev. Taylor preached at 8 pm. The day marked and end to Spring Revival. Rev. Franklin P. Turner will preach his farewell sermon on Sunday, April 18. At the Baptist Church on Sunday Mary E. Johnson the superintendent opened Sunday School. Rev Trueheart preached at the 11 am service. Rev. Abbott preached at 3 pm with the Federation club in attendance. Rev. Snowden from Murmick (Muirkirk) preached at 8 pm. Children attended a program at Marlboro on Saturday April 10th. Some of the youngsters earned awards. Mrs. Stephens has been ill but she is getting better.
At Embry AME Church on Sunday are Pauline Gray and her niece Jean Gray Matthews
The Baltimore Afro American August 4 1928 Page 19 Lakeland, Maryland At Embry AME Church Sunday School was held at 10 am followed by morning services by pastor, Rev J.W. Wing at 11 am. Rev, Jones from Brentwood AME Zion Church gave the sermon at 3 PM. Many members of that congregation were also present. At the evening service three children of Mr. and Mrs. George Brooks were christened. Rev. Mrs. J.A. Maxey, evangelist from Washington DC gave sermon at First Baptist. On Monday August 6th the Baptist ministers’ Conference of Washington DC will meet at Lakeland First Baptist Church from 12 to 5 PM. Lunch will be served. Rev. A.P. Abbott is pastor. There was a moving picture show at Embry AME Church on Friday evening. Mary Spriggs was chairman for the event. Maggie Mack sponsored a rally which raised $30 for a pulpit set. Rev. Wright preached a sermon. Washington Harpist Princess Richardson will perform a concert at First Baptist Church on Monday evening August 6. Mr. and Mrs. George Gross are hosting ing their daughter Margaret Gray and grandson Charles from New York. An entertainment for the orphan children of Washington DC was held at Mack’s Park. The event was sponsored by Morning Star Lodge No. 40 and Forest Temple, No. 9, I.B.P.O.E. of W of Washington DC Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas hosted his sister, Mary Boldin and her daughters Anna, Agnes, Mary and Alice for a week’s visit. On Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas hosted Mr. and Mrs. Maron Mack, Louise Mack, Marion White, Miss Brown, Carrie Cole of New York and Eddie Smith. Maggie Mack hosted a number of people at her home. They were Rev. D.G. Mack, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, The wife of Rev. Mack and his daughter from Baltimore, and an evangelist and friend, Rev Wright from Washington DC. Julia Briscoe hosted Clinton Collins a professor at the State Normal School in Bowie, Noah Taylor, Brent Thomas, Charles Cornish, Elsie Young from Tee Bee, Md. Hilda Kemp, Alice Douglass, and Dean Williams of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Johnson hosted Elizabeth Stubbs and her daughter May from Washington DC Julia Mack and Helen Briscoe visited Baltimore for two weeks
Meal at testimonial event Standing left to right are Pauline Gray and Agnes Gross
Rev. Carter, unknown, Amy Potts, Christine Gray, Agnes Randall First row Julia Mack Carroll, Bernice Walls. Deloris Parker
Jean Gray Smith is seen in the hat center during a visit to Sandy Point Beach on a Sunday School Picnic sponsored by Embry AME Church. Smith was a New Yorker. The daughter of Lakelander Margaret Gross Gray she frequently visited her mother's home community. This day she was visiting the family members along with her own sons, Charles and Kevin.
Mock weddings such as this one at Embry A.M.E. Church, circa 1949, were popular dramatizations and fundraisers for churches. The church’s youth played the parts of bride, groom, minister, and wedding party. Embry maintained an active Sunday School, providing a Christian foundation and a social outlet for many children in the community. Embry also was active in the A.M.E. Church’s Potomac District Sunday School Council.
Communion stewardess board at Embry AME Church
The community of Lakeland and its members want to preserve its history by and through LHP. The project members plan to display artifacts from collections every year and preserve the past.
In 1956, Rev. Preston Britton and members of Embry AME Church were the Annual Ushers Day guests of Macedonia United Methodist Church in Odenton, MD. Britton gave the sermon, and Embry's Youth choir performed under the direction of Dessie Randall Thomas.
At Embry AME Church front left to right are Dorothy Tolson, Elizabeth Adams, , Agnes Randall , unknown, Fannie Douglas behind them are Audrey Smith and Elizabeth Aires who is locked from view are Mary Day Hollomand and Saxoline Campbell
CP Dream Team basketball team pictured at Embry AME Church. The church sponsored this team made up of friends of the church and Lakeland community members. Coaches shown are Earl Hawkins far left, back far right Dwight Brooks and far right front Reginald Gaskins
Embry AME Church was founded in 1903 in the home of Samuel and Georgianna Stewart. The congregation built a chapel in 1905 in a low-lying section of the community. In 1918, the building was moved to a site on Lakeland Road. In 1920, a new church on the same location replaced the chapel. Over time, a parish hall and study were added. The building is shown here around 1965. (Courtesy of Thelma Lomax)
At Embry AME Church on Sunday
Rev. Jessie Williams with guests
The Baltimore Afro American January 24, 1925 p3 Lakeland, MD On Sunday services were held at Embry AME Church at 10:30 and 11:30. Rev Turner preached at 11:30 and Rev Rhodes of Washington DC at 8 o'clock. On Friday night Oscar, Louis and James Gray had a party at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Gray. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Moody, Bessie and Julia Mack, Eunice Johnson, Veola Siler, Sophia Slaughter, Rosa Harrison, Olivia Thomas, Bertha Lyles, Lucy Randall, Joseph Thomas, Charles Lomax, Rudolph Dock, Eonch Brooks, Ashby Tolson, James Thomas, Jeff Stevenson from Pennsylvania, and young Leon Robinson.
Embry AME Church celebrates 100th Anniversary--Gazette Community News
Communion Stewardess with pastor, Rev. Dessie Carter. The are front far left to right Dessie Carter, Julia Mack Carroll, unknown, Deloris Parker rear left to right are unknown, unknown, Christine Gray and Agnes Randall.
Embry AME Church
James Edwards III and Pearl Lee Campbell Edwards at Embry AME Church
At Turner Memorial AME Church
This mural replaced an earlier one in more subdued tones
Standing at entrance to Embry AME Church
First Heritage Weekend Sunday service in crossroads of Lakeland. Representative of various Lakeland churches are on stage. They include left to right Rev. David Barrozo of Washington Brazilian SDA Church, unknown, unknown, Rev. Edna Jenkins, Rev. and Rev.
Speaking during event honoring Pauline Gray and Arthur Brooks at Embry AME Church
Also scanned: the back of photograph, on which is written "Ethel, Arthur Brooks, Rev. Musely, Chesla Muck""
Heritage Weekend Sunday with service on Lakeland Road. Standing is Rev. Edna Jenkins of Embry AME Church. Seated far left is Rev. David Barrozo pastor of Washington Brazilian SDA Church (Lakeland High School site)
On the 1963 Labor Day Embry AME Church picnic, there was the added attraction of pony rides in addition to the usual draws of homecooked food and good company.
The Gospel Choir of Embry A.M.E Church was organized by James Edwards, Jr. in the early 1960s. Members of the choir, pictured from left to right, are (first row) Amy Potts, Marie Brown, organist Rosetta Brooks, and Ethel Wilson Brown; (second row) James Edwards, Jr., Willa Mae Smith, Amy Brooks Hart, and Franklin Brown Jr. In the background is Rev. Robert H. Baddy. (Courtesy of Pearl Lee Campbell and James Edwards III.)
Embry AME Church parish hall on Sunday
A scrapbook dating from June 1969-1979. Mainly newspaper clippings (obituaries, articles), birthday cards, letter to parents of Lakeland Elementary School children (Pearl Lee Campbell Edwards was a parent of a student), a presentation by Pearl Lee to get Paint Branch built. Newspaper clippings of popular tv program hosts obituaries, events happening in Lakeland community (ex., 'first demolition in Lakeland', 'Lakeland Urban Renewal Project'), response to letter on desegregation plan, editorial on 'Saving Lakeland.'
Embry AME Church parish hall on Sunday
On the day of the wedding of Mary Ann Campbell and George Smith at Embry AME Church
Keepsake made from wedding certificate and glass from window taken from Embry AME Church where their ceremony and reception were held. The glass was obtained when the building's windows were replaced.
Furniture and mural have changed from earlier images. Scene was set for James Tyrone and Kathleen Campbell Kennedy
Embry AME Church
Granger Browning guest speaker
Club left to right stand Audrey Smith, Bettye Greene, Shirley Anderson, Gloria Battle, and Naomi Carter and Naomi Carter and Janet Gillens.
Contains a cover page with a portrait of the deceased - service was at Embry A.M.E. Church on Sep 27, '93. Also contains an obituary and a short prayer; the order of the service; a list of pallbearers and floral bearers; as well as acknowledgements.
Personal Background Attended Lakeland Elementary School, Greenbelt Junior High School, and Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Maryland. Mother worked as a housekeeper for the Maryland University Father was in the Government Bureau of Mines located at the Maryland University Campus â€¢ Parents also raised in Lakeland Lakeland Community Participation Attended Sunday school with Ms. Dessie Thomas Sunday school was an important part of education Parents were greatly involved in PTA and education of children Lakelanders were also involved with the Lakeland Civic Association There were summer activities for children such as the Girls Club, Boys Club in College Park, as well as the Girl Scouts Understood Lakeland as separate from College Park Desegregation in PG County Ms. Weaver was the first white teacher at Lakeland Elementary Lakeland students were bused to Greenbelt Junior High, where they were the only African American children there There were both African American and white teachers at Greenbelt. Was apprehensive about going to an integrated school: about making friends, fitting in, etc. There were some small incidents of racist name calling in middle school, but generally people were inclusive Some of the best athletes at Greenbelt were African Americans like Georgie Rounder, Jeff Briscoe, who went on to Parkdale High. Race became a more conscious issue in high school as more incidents of racism arose and students segregated themselves There were two violent walkouts (refusal to attend class) at Parkdale when the principal, Dr. ,made a racist remark about one of the students Through negotiations and conversations between parents, the community was able to work the whole thing out. There were also walkouts at the University of Maryland until they made the school more comfortable for African American students What Made Lakeland Different â young man whose last name was Webster was the first Lakelander to attend the University of Maryland. African American students whom the Lakelanders met at school were from different communities with different upbringings and culture. For example, the students from East Pines were disrespectful and lacked a strong religious upbringing. Neighbors were very active in parenting other people's as children in Lakeland All of the homes were single-family homes, not apartments or the town houses that are on Lakeland Road today Many of the younger Lakelanders have moved away and now there are many students who rent houses in the neighborhood There used to be two general stores here and one was called Mr. Black's Store and the Mack's Store where Lakelanders purchased food and congregated. The Black's Store also had a dance hall attended by local youth. Success in Lakeland Ms. Middleton did not attend university because her favorite teacher at Parkdale High, a white woman named Dr. Lake, arranged an interview for her with the FBI and she worked there for 37 years. Personal and collective Lakeland success attributed to the strength of the community and support of parents and religious leaders Lakeland teachers made do with materials, even though they were substandard, and educated students well as Gregory Lomax and other Lakeland families with some influence used their power or class status to send their children to all white schools, Integrated schools might have better materials, but they did not have the same community feel as Lakeland schools Memories of a Community in Decline Used to live on Lakeland Road before urban renewal, when she moved with her parents to Pierce Avenue After urban renewal, the neighborhood changed drastically as the community fabric weakened Ms. Briscoe-Middleton believes that the community will continue to dissipate until eventually the University of Maryland will acquire all of Lakeland. Playing sports in the community allowed Lakeland children to interact with non-African Americans and become more comfortable in an integrated environment Mayday was the biggest celebration in Lakeland The regular flooding of the community was a perennial source of anxiety for residents However, they also had fun with roller skating, movies, a big parade every summer etc. High school prom was an important event for Lakeland youth There were instances of integrated couples, especially young women who wanted to take African American athletes as dates; you just didn't take anybody home. Janet Winnatin â€¢ Patricia was very good friends with a white girl named Janet. She asked her mother if she could visit Janet's house and after some reluctance, her mother let her. When she arrived, Janet's mother would not let her enter the house. At first Patricia did not understand, but Janet explained that it was because she was African American. Janet was very upset because she worried that Patricia would not like her anymore and because she was disappointed in her mother. Patricia assured her that she understood and they continued to be friends Thoughts on the Future Patricia has a granddaughter who is 13 who doesn't understand what segregation and discrimination were like, especially because Black History is not taught well enough in public schools. Because of the disintegration of community in Lakeland, the area is becoming less safe and children do not have a good understanding of their heritage. Whereas before, the area was safe and nurturing, now there is danger of muggings and an emergency light box has been installed similar to those on the University of Maryland campus. The only anchors that may tie the community together are the Embry AME and First Baptist churches; as long as they stand and the history of Lakeland continues to be spoken, the memory of this community will survive.
This flyer advertises the 1925 Union picnic. For many years the First Baptist Church and Embry African Methodist Episcopal Church sponsored a joint annual Sunday School picnic. It was held at Suburban Gardens in the Deanwood neighborhood of the District of Columbia. Unlike others, the seven-acre amusement park welcomed African-American visitors to enjoy the roller coaster, Ferris wheel, swimming pools, and picnic grounds. Suburban Gardens opened in 1921 and was in operation until 1940.
At Embry AME Church
The Baltimore Afro American March 21 1925 p. A. 15 Lakeland, Maryland Rev. Lucas had a large congregation at First Baptist church At Embry AME Church the Sunday School is preparing for Easter. The pastor, Rev. F.P. Turner is getting ready for conference. He preached on Sunday evening. The children of J.H. Gray surprised him with a party in honor of his birthday. Guests included Ambrose Green, Rev and Mrs. J.W. Armstrong and their children, Lillie Welbourne from Bladensburg, Rev. F.P. Turner, Imogene Davis, Lawyer Peters, Mrs. G. Williams, Marie Walker, William Tayler, W,H. Gray and family, Lee Dines, Clem Hawkins, Annie Tate, Leslie Jones, and Rev. A.A. Jones from Washington DC.
Boys of Embry AME Church in the sanctuary
Wedding of Mary Ann Campbell and George Smith at Embry AME Church
Embry AME Church Choir There is another copy of this image in the archive from another collector
Embry AME Church during Lakeland Heritage Event
City of College Park 25th Anniversary celebration
Embry AME Church is seen to the right. First Baptist Church is to the left just out of site.
On December 29, 1967, Embry AME Church hosted a dinner to honor two prominent parishioners: church clerk Pauline Gray and church treasurer Arthur Brooks. The program featured testimonials and music, and a festive meal in the parish hall. lol
Embry AME Church parish hall on Sunday
Youth fundraising event at Embry AME Church circa 1949
Contains: - The cover page contains various icons representative of Lakeland, such as the streetcar trolley sign and the railroad crossing; - The schedule for the weekend, detailing the events for the community party on Saturday and the religious service on Sunday; - An introductory piece, explaining the mission of the weekend and the Lakeland Community Heritage Project; - An overview of Lakeland history. Noted image of a house is the "Hicks house;" - Brief descriptions of Lakeland's churches and Lakeland's clubs.; - A description of the families of Lakeland and how they were forced out of their homes by Urban Renewal. Contains a description of the history and impact of Lake Artemesia; - More descripition of the erasure of a large part of the community, then recognition of how it's come back stronger than before; - A family tree template; - The order of service for the religious service on the Sunday., Empty space for notes and resources with which one could find their family history. On the right side, a map of eastern Lakeland; - The final page of the pamphlet, with thank-yous and acknowledgements.
Outside Embry AME Church are Nicole Thomas Center and two unknown friends
unknown children in parish hall of Embry AME Church on a Sunday
Young child in parish hall of Embry AME Church on a Sunday
Reverend Dessie L. Carter, pastor of Embry A.M.E. Church for 26 years, leading it through its 100th anniversary in 2003. He left a resounding impact upon the church and the surrounding community.
During event in honor of Pauline Gray and Arthur Brooks. Church pastor, Rev Baddy is seated
At Embry AME Church
Delpine and Maxine Gross ride pony during event at Embry AME Church In addition to good, home-cooked food and the opportunity to visit with friends and family members, on this day in 1963 there was the added attraction of pony rides. Here Delphine and Maxine Gross share a ride, Their father Elwood is barely seen here overseeing the operation along with Mildred Gray. The pony is lead by Lester Gray.
Rev. Jessie Williams and unknown group
Pauline Gray during event in her honor and that of Arthur Brooks at Embry AME Church
Embry AME Church There is another image of this group taken on the same day in the archive
Embry A.M.E. Church’s Junior Choir is shown here circa 1965 with their pastor, Rev. Robert H. Baddy. The group served under the direction of Dessie Randall Thomas and was accompanied by Janet Randall on the piano. A member of the group recalls, “The recollection of those old hymns I learned as a child has helped me through many difficult times. Their lyrics have been a continual reminder of God’s love and promises.”
During event at Embry AME Church
The Embry Youth Choir was organized in 1979 under the guidance of the pastor, Rev. Dessie L. Carter. Pictured are, from left to right, Talaya Boardley, Kimberly Gillens, Sharon Seldon, Linda Kim Lockerman, Monique Thomas, adviser Jean Gray Matthews, Rev. Carter, Lisa Gray, Kamille Gillens, Karon Seldon, Dean Matthews, and Paul Thomas. Members not shown are Lisa Carter, Barrett Matthews, Denise Penn, Nicole Thomas, and Pamela Tolson. (Courtesy of Embry A.M.E. Church.)
Dessie Randall Thomas served as the Sunday School superintendent of Embry AME Church for 32 years. Through her dedicated teaching and fine example, she guided the religious education of generations of Lakeland's youth. She's pictured here in September 1962, with Sunday school students and staff at the time. She is third from right in the center row. Rev Robert H. Baddy is in the back row, on the far left.
Embry Church Choir at Lakeland High School site during Sunday Service
Speaker during event honoring Pauline Gray and Arthur Brooks
Campbell- Kennedy wedding at Embry AME Church
Near Embry AME Church on Sunday
Outside Embry AME Church on a Sunday
The churches of Lakeland have always been the true soul of the community. Gathering for dinner on the lawn of Embry AME Church has long been a summer tradition in Lakeland. In this 1962 photograph, William Sharps is shown wearing chefs whites preparing the day's meal. Seated in the foreground is Dora Robinson (third from the right) along with some friends, including Jacob Johnson, wearing the hat. (Courtesy of the Gross family)
The Baltimore Afro American January 7 1928 p 19 Lakeland, Maryland Pastor Rev. J.W. Wing held New Year’s Eve services On Friday at 8:00 PM the Embry AME Church Sunday School held Christmas exercises. Effie Stewart from Baltimore is visiting her parents and other family members during the holidays. Mary Walls held a parlor social on Monday to benefit the Odd Fellow’s Club. Julia Mack is home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W.C. Mack for the holidays. She is a student at State Normal School. Bessie Mack has been at home sick for a few months she is getting ready to return to school at the State Normal School. The Sunshine Girls’ Club of DC had an event at Groce’s (Gross’) Hall on December 26th. It was well attended. During the holidays Mary Tinsley and Marie Walls from Chester, Pa visited parents and other relatives in Lakeland. Last Monday Verna Waters from Elkridge. Md visited Georgiana Hughes. Several have new Arcola heating plants in their homes. They include J.W. Mack, James Stevenson, John Spriggs and Harriet Wright.
At Embry AME Church
Mock weddings such as this one at Embry A.M.E. Church, circa 1949, were popular dramatizations and fundraisers for churches. The church’s youth played the parts of bride, groom, minister, and wedding party. Sunday School superintendent Dessie Randall Thomas loaned her wedding dress for this activity. Jean Gray and Ellsworth Dory, both about age fifteen, are the bride and groom, and Yvonne Thomas and Betty Smith are among the attendants.
Labor Day picnic on the grounds of Embry AME Church
Lomax Family (Source: master photo log.xls) left to right Elston, Dervey, Thelma and Gregory Lomax
Sunday School picnics were a summer highlight for Lakelanders. Everyone would pack a lunch and meet on the third Saturday in July at an amusement park or beach for a day of fun in the sun. The community’s two churches regularly came together for the outing. In 1962, the Embry A. M. E. Sunday School outing took place at Carr’s Beach in Annapolis, Maryland. From left to right are John Webster; Mary Weems Braxton; and Wilmer, Delphine, and Maxine Gross. (Courtesy of the Gross family.)
Baltimore Afro American December 10, 1927 Page 10 The six divisions parent teacher association is meeting at First Baptist on December 13. There was a large audience at the movie presentation last Monday. Ambrose Greene went to visit in Bowie on Tuesday in order to visit his sister and her son. Hannah Thomas has been ill and she is improving. The movie was a successful event.
The Baltimore Afro American May 5, 1928 Lakeland, Maryland Last Tuesday evening The Slabtown District Convention was put on at First Baptist Church. A speaking competition was held at Fairmont Heights on Friday April 27th. George H. Randall and Hattie Thomas competed for Lakeland School. Hattie Thomas was awarded third place. Eliza Greene, Mamie Edmonds and Emma Green are at home with the grippe. A party was given for Ruby Briscoe’s 6th birthday. Guests were Marie Greene, Bernice and Jerline Tolson, Saxaline Briscoe, Anthony and Hannah Brooks, Mary Weems, Lucille Giles, Mamie Singleton, Virginia Griffith, Isabelle Sayman, Vera Johnson, Mary and Julia Briscoe, Dorothy Mack, Omega Giles, Vicurtis Gray, Dervey Lomax, Raymond Wilson, Clarence Lyles, William Steward, McKinley Gray, Chaperons were Mrs. Sayman, Etelka Lomax, Mrs. Noamlitha Hodge, Mr. Willis and Almo Poole. On Thursday Mr. and Mrs. John Spriggs hosted Rev. J.A. Dames of Washington DC
The newly wed Mary Ann and George Smith in the sanctuary of Embry AME Church
On a summer Sunday morning in 1942, from left to right, Martha Edwards, Evelyn Giles Tyner, and Tyner’s sister, Lucille Giles, ushers for Embry A.M.E. Church, walked to church with Tyner’s daughters, Edna and Shirley. The Edwards garden is visible on the left; the Giles house is off to the right.
Lakelanders George Smith and Mary Ann Campbell began their married life on Saturday, June 5, 1965, at Embry A.M.E. Church. The bride chose to honor her grandmother, Ethel Hicks Claiborne, by selecting her birthday as the date for her nuptials. During the reception in the church parish hall, the wedding party assembled for the photograph above. Theirs was the perfect June wedding held on a fine sunny day, and the parish hall was filled to capacity with well wishers. Below, many of the ladies were crowned in lovely spring hats.
Labor Day on the grounds of Embry AME Church
Embry AME Church
Evening Event - Dollar Tree front Ila McFerren Conley, Willie Mae Potts Smith, Mary Daisey Briscoe, Harry Braxton Sr, Mary Weems Braxton, Dessie Randall Thomas Rear Flora Conway Thomas, Maria Lomax, Eliza Gray, Saxaline Briscoe Campbell.
Embry AME Church
Contains information about the memorial service, held at Embry AME Church on Feb 27 1992; the order of service and pallbearers; an obituary and two notes from Elwood Gross and from Maxine & Delphine Gross; another list of pallbearers; and acknowledgements.
Embry AME Church
Stewart Board Front left Agnes Gross, Pauline Gray, Martha Edwards, Arthur Brooks Rear Mr. Conway, Milton Weems, Rev. R.H. Baddy, Delaris Dory
During event honoring Pauline Gray and Arthur Brooks
Children of the Embry AME Church congregation
Embry AME Church
The Baltimore Afro American June 3 1921 pg 11 Lakeland On June 1 there was a rally at First Baptist Church. Present for the event were Rev. Manokey of Campbell AME Church, Anacostia DC, Rev A.A. Murray of Bladensburg, Md, Rev. Dames of Embry AME along with their congregations. The event was held by George Branson and Rev. M. W. Lucus is pastor. Despite thunder showers $12 was raised and the church was at capacity. A.C. Tolson has been sick in bed for two weeks. He is now getting better and is out and about. Mildred Russell is still ill but she is improving. Julia Douglas hosted Julia Mills, Lily Cregg, Matilda Chesley, Rev and Mrs. Manokey of Anacostia DC as well as Rev and Mrs. Dames, Mr. and Mrs. J.W.C. Mack and family for dinner on Sunday. Lakeland School No. 3 District 1 held graduation exercises at Fairmont Heights MD on May 26,27 and 29. Graduates from Lakeland were Ames W. Brown, James. E. Lomax, Cara O. Briggs, Anna R. Gross, Arlina Madeline Hicks and Louise C. Lewis. Attendees were Mrs. S.J. Lewis, Benjamin Hicks, Julia Mack, Bessie Mack, and young Lewis. Mrs. S.J. Lewis has returned home after attending her father’s funeral in North Carolina. Principles of the Community Club of Lakeland are 1.To better traveling conditions 2. To have lights installed 3. To bring about Christian unity in the Lakeland community.
For generations Mrs. Dessie Randall Thomas "Miss Dessie" taught children in the Sunday School of Embry AME Church. She is here with a class. This was a typical scene during the 1940s to 1970s
Embry AME Church parish hall
Embry A.M.E. Church was the site for the wedding of Kathleen Campbell and James Tyrone Kennedy on September 9, 1972. The pair grew up in Lakeland, attended church, and went to school together. Their clothing and hair styles reflect the height of fashion for that period.
Event honoring Pauline Gray and Arthur Brooks
Delphine and Maxine Gross
Pointing upward in pulpit of Embry AME Church
The Embry Youth Choir was organized in 1979 under the guidance of the pastor, Rev. Dessie L. Carter. Pictured are, from left to right, Talaya Boardley, Kimberly Gillens, Sharon Seldon, Linda Kim Lockerman, Monique Thomas, adviser Jean Gray Matthews, Reverend Carter, Lisa Gray, Kamille Gillens, Karon Seldon, Dean Matthews, and Paul Thomas. Members not shown are Lisa Carter, Barrett Matthews, Denise Penn, Nicole Thomas, and Pamela Tolson.
Participating in community worship service on grounds of First Baptist Church on Sunday morning during Lakeland Heritage Weekend