By: Sophia Kim
SILVER SPRING, Md. — A bill to rename the post office at 9801 Apollo Drive in Upper Marlboro, Maryland to the “Wayne K. Curry Post Office Building” passed in the Senate with praise from Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen.
Wayne Curry was the first African American County Executive in Prince George’s County and served as a public servant for Prince George’s County for many years.
“From tackling poverty, to strengthening our schools, to fighting for our kids, Wayne never backed away from a fight if it meant helping the people he represented,” said Senator Van Hollen, “This building will stand as a tribute to his great leadership and legacy.”
Curry passed away in 2014 after fighting lung cancer and is survived by his wife and two children.
During his time as a politician, he served as County Executive for two terms from 1994 to 2002 and helped transform Prince George’s County into a minority majority county with rising income and education levels.
Curry himself grew up in Cleveland in a segregated, mostly white neighborhood where he and his brother were the first black students to attend an all white elementary school.
“Naming this building in his honor – in the heart of the County he cared so deeply about – will be a daily reminder of the lasting vision, contribution and legacy of Wayne K. Curry,” said Congressman Anthony G. Brown, “Wayne Curry never sought to make history, but he broke barriers throughout his remarkable life of service; he worked tirelessly to uplift the community around him and to better the lives of the people of Prince George’s County.”
Brown, the Maryland District Four Representative, proposed Bill H.R. 4890 and if it is signed into effect by Donald Trump it will be his first bill to become a law.
Lately Congress has been passing many laws that name post offices in honor of politicians, activists, military leaders, and other local leaders and it has been reported that about a fifth of laws enacted in Congress designate names for federal buildings.
If this bill is passed it will not be the first building named after Curry, as there are already two other buildings in Maryland that are named after him, the Wayne K. Curry Administration Building in Largo and the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex in Lake Arbor.