Dervey Augusta Lomax

Dervey Augusta Lomax (HMZB3)

Location: College Park, MD 20740 Prince George's County
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N 38° 59.381', W 76° 55.395'

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1925 - 2008

— [Lake Artemesia - Lakeland] —

On this site was the boyhood home of Dervey Augusta Lomax, first Mayor of African American ancestry in the City of College Park from 1973-1975. This site was part of the residential/business Lakeland community prior to the creation of Lake Artemesia Natural Area and the Metro.

Lomax represented Lakeland as a College Park City Council member for 27 years, from 1957 to 1965, 1967 to 1973, and 1979 to 1989. His vision resulted in a successful urban renewal program for Lakeland, which includes the College Park Community Center and the Paint Branch Elementary School.

Lomax served on the Prince George's County Human Relations Commission and Prince George's County Police Department Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel, and is especially recognized for his role in desegregating public schools in Prince George's County.

Lomax was a friend to many, and touched the lives of countless people as a direct result of his official duties. He lived his life in his beloved Lakeland except for four years when he left to serve his country with the U.S. Navy in World War II.

This is a contemplative site commemorating Lakeland's history and its beloved Mayor Dervey A. Lomax.

Photo captions:

Dervey Lomax shown as a youngster riding a horse.

Dewey Lomax served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mayor Dervey Lomax rides in an antique Ford motorcar during a City of College Park celebration.

The house in which Dervey Lomax and his family resided for many years was located on this site.
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HM NumberHMZB3
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Placed ByThe City of College Park
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 2:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 333431 N 4317391
Decimal Degrees38.98968333, -76.92325000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.381', W 76° 55.395'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 22.86" N, 76° 55' 23.70" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240, 703, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1919 Anacostia Tributary Trail System, College Park MD 20740, US
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Comments 1 comments

  1. I understand that the information about Lakeland having a "successful urban renewal program" may be inscribed on a historical marker, however, as a graduate student at the University of Maryland, I worked through an American Studies class in 2013 to interview several former residents of Lakeland, who were displaced from their community as a result of said urban renewal program. At least 2/3 of the historically black Lakeland community members were removed from their homes never to return. For these residents the program was not so successful.

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