County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement From County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

For Immediate Release: 7/2/2014 1:00 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson | 240-619-9400

Passing of Former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne K. Curry

Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement following the passing of former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne K. Curry: Wayne K. Curry

“The passing of Wayne K. Curry is a genuine loss for Prince George’s County, the State of Maryland and the Washington Region. He was more than a great leader and iconic personality in this County.  He was a tremendously courageous and truly remarkable person who touched and changed so many lives.  As Prince George’s County’s first African American County Executive, he was a visionary who raised the standards for the County and its profile locally and nationally. 

This County and its residents owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.  He was a son of this great County and he was extraordinarily proud of it and devoted to it.  He constantly reminded us how important his hometown was to the region, and to the nation, because it symbolizes what so many people dreamed could happen in America:  an affluent majority African American jurisdiction.  From National Harbor to FedEx Field, Wayne Curry laid the foundation for the Prince George’s County we know today.

For me, this loss is deeply personal. He was an amazingly generous friend, colleague and supporter.  He was a mentor to me and to so many others.   I know the residents of Prince George’s County join me as we express our sincere sympathy to Wayne’s family and to his many friends who loved him so much.”

Watch "Changing the Face of the County, the Wayne K. Curry Story" via Youtube by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.