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Library's original deed supports keeping Stanley name [Letter]

The Laurel Historical Society believes strongly that by understanding the history of our community, we are able to create a better future together. Although our focus is mostly on creating thought-provoking exhibits and programming, we are always happy to see people in all parts of Laurel preserve our past in their own ways.

We are aware of the current dispute regarding the name of our new library ("Moe, trustees have 'cordial' disagreement," Feb. 20). We believe that by honoring the legacy of Charles H. Stanley, a public servant of our community, we are reminding ourselves and our community just how important being an active citizen is in creating a better Laurel. Thus, we are in full support of keeping the name Stanley Memorial Library on the Laurel Library Branch of the Prince George's County Library System.

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As historians, we have taken it upon ourselves to research how the name Stanley became associated with the library. In the 1963 deed transferring the land where the library currently sits, it specifically states that the Board of County Commissioners for Prince George's County will erect "a Public Library Building to be known as 'The Stanley Memorial Library' " on the land deeded from the Stanley family. Both the intent of the original deed and the accomplishments of Charles H. Stanley should be honored by retaining the name.

Lindsey Baker

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Executive Director, Laurel Historical Society

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