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Who was Laurel's Charles Stanley? [History Matters]

Who was Laurel's Charles Stanley? [History Matters]

When it was announced in 2014 that the Stanley Memorial Library would be torn down and replaced, Prince George's County also announced that its policy of naming library branches for their locations, not for people living or dead, would not permit the Stanley name to continue to appear on the new building. The Stanley family deeded the land to the county in 1963 specifically for a library to be built and to be named the Stanley Memorial Library.

With the announcement, a few residents did some research into the library's namesake, only to discover that Stanley, a Laurel mayor, state comptroller and founder of Citizen's National Bank, had also been a Confederate soldier during the...