The old Maces Lane High School building is nearly 26,000 square foot of office space which will be re-purposed to serve as a community center for the community. The structure is within a residential community with close proximity to several secondary educational institutions. MLCC will house:
- Several meeting rooms that will facilitate training as well as organizational meetings
- A full size gymnasium which can also be used as an auditorium for larger venues, such as concerts and banquets
- A commercial kitchen for events and culinary training
- Serve as an incubator for local home grown community based programs.
- A museum depicting the history of Maces Lane High School and the education of the African American community during segregation and after integration
The MLCC will be funded through collected rents, and public and private funding
The Mace’s Lane Community Center, Inc. (MLCC)
Members of the Mace’s Lane Community Center Steering Committee: from the left are Herschel Johnson, Tyrus Farrow (in back) Keith Cornish, James Pinkett, Brian Chester, Nicky Henry and Arlinda Barnes Cornish.
The Mace’s Lane Community Center, Inc. (MLCC) was organized and established as a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) in September 2018 by the Good Shepherd Association and the Mace’s Lane Alumni Association. The MLCC will oversee the activities to preserve and transform the historic Mace’s Lane High School building into a community center. The community center will foster inclusive community participation and provide an environmentally safe and friendly facility for the arts, education, recreation, celebration, and locally based human services in order to increase opportunity for personal and collective growth of the Dorchester County, Maryland community.
The Mace’s Lane High School was an all African-American student high school built in 1952. During segregation, all African-American students within Dorchester County, Maryland attended the high school between 1952 and 1969. When all the schools within the County were integrated, the school was re-purposed as a junior high school until 2004. Later a new middle school was built and the old structure was abandoned and remains empty to this day.
In addition to preserving the school building, The Mace’s Lane Community Center, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the rich African American educational experience during the period of segregation, to inspire present and future generations to excel in life.
Simply stated the MLCC was established to, 1) preserve the original building structure as well as the rich history of the African American educational experience; 2) inspire present and future generations to excel in every area of life; 3) empower the community to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself.
To preserve and transform the old Maces Lane High School into a community center that fosters inclusive community participation and provides an environmentally friendly facility for arts, education, recreation, celebration, and locally based human services in order to increase opportunity for personal and collective growth in our community.