From parade sponsored by Lakeland's Elk's
Demolition Contract #4
Located in the western section of Lakeland, the Elks Home, seen here circa 1965, was owned and operated by the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, an organization created in 1899 in answer to the exclusion of African Americans from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The group was a social and charitable fraternal organization. To raise funds, it hosted regular events that were open to those living in Lakeland and the surrounding communities. Most fondly remembered are the annual carnivals held on the grounds of the building, and the parades through the streets of Lakeland.
Leonard Smith and Mamie McCorkle 8200 Rhode Island Avenue Pride of Bladensburg Lodge #514 I.B.P.O.E.W.
Leonard Smith & Mamie McCorkle BPOE Lodge 514 8200 Rhode Island Av Project No 20-3 Block 16 Lot 8 and 1/2 of Lot 9 Value Sheet
On parade along Lakeland Rd