"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gwendolyn Coffield

This 2000 portrait of Gwendolyn Elezenia Coffield by Sylvia Jackson hangs in the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center in Lyttonsville, Maryland.

In February 2017, the biographical label had been flood damaged. Yolanda Blackwell, Recreation Specialist, kindly held up the broken frame for this photo.
Gwendolyn Elezenia Coffield
June 30, 1931 - October 19, 1996

Gwendolyn (Gwen) Coffield, a lifetime resident of Lyttonsville, spent her entire adult life in service to her community. She was the founder and first coordinator of the Rosemary Hills Community School, a position she held from 1970 until her death. Ms. Coffield's heard and soul was in the many years of dedicated service and leadership that she provided to enrich the lives of her neighbors. Her legacy is carried on through the wide variety of activities and programs at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, which was dedicated to her memory on September 16, 2000, by County Executive Douglas Duncan.

During Black History Month the portrait was surrounded by a display on Lyttonsville the "across the tracks"  historically African American section of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Gwendolyn Coffield's sister Charlotte A. Coffield was there pointing out a photo of herself and her sister.

 Charlotte A. Coffield is president of the Lyttonsville Community Civic Association. Here, she's being photographed by David Rotenstien "Historian 4 Hire".

and showing off her scrapbook.

Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center
2450 Lyttonsville Road

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