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LAKELAND, FL (January 13, 2022) – Starting February 7th, the City of Lakeland invites the community to join on an educational adventure by visiting City facilities to learn about Lakeland’s Black History pioneers. This self-led activity encourages explorers young and old to learn about local individuals of color that helped shape Lakeland’s history.  For those unable to visit the locations in person, there is an online option at  www.lakelandgov.net/discoverytrail

Black history is rich with stories of celebrated individuals who made their mark on the world including athletes, artists, scholars, and changemakers who helped make America what it is today. Over time, these heroes have become icons to new generations but there are local pioneers who helped pave the way in race equality. The Discovery Trail is our way of giving these local heroes notoriety for their accomplishments.  There are five in-person locations along the Discovery Trail, and we invite the community to participate by visiting them all.  Begin at any trail stop to get your own Black History Discovery Trail Activity Card (1 per person). At each location, participants will get a sticker for their activity card. The first 100 completed cards, presented at Simpson Park Community Center, will receive a Black History Month Commemorative Bag filled with goodies.

Visit the following trail stops February 7th – 25th to learn about leaders from departments across the City that forged the way for future generations and receive a sticker for your activity card:

  • Lakeland Police Department Lobby

219 N Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801

Open 24 Hours

Combined stop for Police Department & Lakeland Fire Department 

  • Lakeland City Hall Lobby 

228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Combined stop for City Hall & Lakeland Electric

  • Jackson Branch Library Lobby 
    1700 N Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805 
    Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Simpson Park Community Center Lobby 
    1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805 
    Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Coleman-Bush Building Lobby
    1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805 
    Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All completed activity cards can be redeemed at any City of Lakeland Recreation Center or Swimming Pool for a FREE visit!  Those that want to participate online and discover the stories about Lakeland’s Black History pioneers are invited to do so.  Learn about the leaders that helped shape our community, including photos and interactive content. Online participants that provide an email address will receive a certificate and the opportunity to redeem a free visit to one of our Recreation Centers or Swimming Pools at a future date. Go to www.LakelandGov.net/DiscoveryTrail and start your discovery! 

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