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Ribbon cutting ceremony set for renovated “Flat Tops” House

The work is complete and it’s time to cut the ribbon on recent improvements at the former “Flat Tops” House at John G. Lancaster Park in Lexington Park. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of work at the park along Willows Road. 

“We hope that citizens will join us at the park for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 9 at 2 p.m.” said Brian Loewe, Director of Recreation and Parks. “The project represents the successful preservation, interior renovation and reuse of the remaining “Flat Tops” house at Lancaster Park’s South Parcel.”

The renovated facility, now named The United States Colored Troops (USCT) Memorial Interpretive Center, provides space for meetings and community activities, as well as public restrooms for the memorial park and the adjacent pavilion.   In the future, it will include displays and information about the Civil War Memorial, as well as African American history and contributions in St. Mary’s County.  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements were also addressed as part of the project. 

The adjacent United States Colored Troops Memorial was completed in June 2012. The Unified Committee on Afro-American Contributions (UCAC) managed this project which recognizes the contributions of the United States Colored Troops, and all Union soldiers and sailors from St. Mary's County, who fought during the Civil War.

The projects received Maryland Board of Public Works Bond Bill funding in the amount of $150,000 each. Additionally, St. Mary’s County authorized up to $126,500 toward the building’s renovation. 

For information or questions about this project or ceremony, contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks at (301) 475-4200 ext. 1811. 

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