Wayne Curry, the first African-American to serve as county executive of Prince George’s County, Md., was laid to rest July 10 at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Among those in attendance were Gov. Martin O’Malley, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Sen. Benjamin Cardin, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Rep. Donna Edwards, as well as Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and Sheriff Melvin High also paid their respects.
Curry’s pastor, brother, friends, and coworkers shared memories of his willingness to make Prince George’s County better, highlighting what Mikulski said was his “unique way” of getting things done.Several other current and former Maryland political figures also attended, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and former Baltimore City Mayor Kurt Schmoke among other state senators, delegates, council members, judges, and mayors.
Curry served two terms as county executive, from 1994 to 2002. He died of lung cancer July 2 at age 63.