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Wayne K. Curry to lie in state, funeral service announced

Final goodbyes to Prince George's County's first African-American county executive, Wayne K. Curry, 63, will take place Wednesday and Thursday in Upper Marlboro.

"He was more than a great leader and iconic personality in this County," Rushern L. Baker III, Prince George's current county executive, said in a statement after Curry's death. "He was a tremendously courageous and truly remarkable person who touched and changed so many lives."

Curry will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Prince George's County Administration Building's 1st floor lobby, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, according to a news release from County Executive Rushern L. Baker III's office.

Baker's office confirmed July 2 that Curry had died. His death followed an April announcement that he had lung cancer.

Baker along with other county leaders will give remarks at 9 a.m. with public visitation starting at 9:20 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to park at Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue in Upper Marlboro.

On Thursday Curry's funeral will be held at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, 600 Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro. Public visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. with the ceremony beginning at 11 a.m., according to the news release.

County officials have lauded Curry with praise. He was responsible for laying the foundation of National Harbor and FedEx Field and beginning the county's transformation into the affluent, majority African-American community it is today.

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