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Crisfield's Mayor Addresses Curley Byrd Proposal

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Harry "Curley" Byrd (Photo courtesy: WJZ) Harry "Curley" Byrd (Photo courtesy: WJZ)

CRISFIELD, Md.- Crisfield Mayor Kim Lawson will have three minutes to address the University of Maryland's Board of Regents on Friday. The topic of discussion will be the proposed removal of Harry "Curley" Byrd's name from the UM stadium.

Byrd was a native of Crisfield and contributed significantly to the University of Maryland's early growth. He was also known for his segregationist history, which has been a highly debated topic of discussion.

The mayor said his plans in addressing the board on Friday isn't to fight against the proposed name removal from the stadium, but to make two special request to honor the legacy of "Curley" Byrd in Crisfield. 

Lawson said his first request will be to have the board make a donation to the capital improvement fund in Crisfield that will be used toward the new public library. Lawson said his second request will be for a full minority scholarship to the University of Maryland be established. Both actions would be in honor of Harry "Curley" Byrd. 

"I will always respect Curley Byrd for his accomplishments," Lawson said. "I can't champion Curley Byrd for his segregationist views, it is inappropriate. It never was [appropriate]."

Lawson said although he cannot right the wrongs of the past, he feels these opportunities will greatly benefit the minority and disadvantaged communities in Crisfield. He said he also feels it will help in moving forward and the healing process.


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