College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Dervey Augusta Lomax
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
Dervey Lomax shown as a youngster riding a horse.
Dervey 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.
Erected by the City of College Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 59.381′ N, 76° 55.395′ W. Marker is in College Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Lake Artemsia Trail south of Berwyn St. via 55th Ave. and the park access road, on the left when traveling south. The Lake Artemsia Trail is part of the Anacostia Tributaries Trail System along with the longer Indian Creek Trail on the opposite (east) side of the Lake. Cars must be left in the parking lot at Berwyn St. and 55th Ave., and visitors may proceed by bicycle or on foot to Lake Artemesia via the access road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: College Park MD 20740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Welcome to the Luther Goldman Birding Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Origins of Lake Artemesia (about 600 feet away); Town of Berwyn Heights (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Town of Berwyn Heights (approx. 0.3 miles away); Keleher Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lakeland at the Beginning (approx. 0.4 miles away); Family, Church and Community in Lakeland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Waugh Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in College Park.
Also see . . . Lakeland Community Heritage Project. (Submitted on February 23, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Paint Branch; Lakeland Community; Town of Berwyn Heights; Artemesia N. Drefs; Lake Artemesia Natural Area Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on March 17, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.