UPPER MARLBORO – The federal government has taken a step to honor one of Maryland’s most outstanding public servants. The United States Post Office on 9801 Apollo Drive in Upper Marlboro, Md., has officially been dedicated in the name of Wayne K. Curry, the first African-American County Executive to serve in Prince George’s County.
H.R. Bill 4890, the legislation which cleared the way for the renaming, passed through the Senate on Nov. 15, and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law on Dec. 8. The “Wayne K. Curry Post Office Building” will be the third building in the county to be named for Curry, and the second governmental institution, following the similarly-named County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro and the Sports and Learning Center in Landover.
“Wayne Curry was a friend, as well as a public servant and a tremendous leader who inspired young people to serve their community and their nation,” said Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.). “This honor is a lasting and fitting memorial to Wayne in the heart of Prince George’s County that he loved.”
Curry first made history when he, along with his brother, was the first black students to attend Cheverly Tuxedo Elementary School. Three years after earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Maryland College in 1972, he got his start in politics, joining the staff of County Executive Winfield Kelly Jr. In his downtime, he attended law school at the University of Maryland, graduating with honors in 1980 and starting his own private practice four years later.
Curry’s term was defined by a surge in economic development and prosperity for the county’s citizens. By 2000, median household income in Prince George’s County increased by over 28 percent over the previous decade’s total, thanks to new projects such as the Gaylord National Resort, The Boulevard at the Capital Center and the stadium now known as FedExField in Landover.
After leaving office, he served on the transition team of incoming Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich. He died of lung cancer on July 2nd, 2009, at the age of 63.
“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,” said Congressman Anthony G. Brown, who sponsored the bill in the House. “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.”