Smyrna Town Council dedicated Municipal Park on North Main Street in honor of former town mayor George C. Wright Jr. at their Nov. 19 council meeting.
The park was renamed George C. Wright Jr. Municipal Park in his honor.
Councilwoman Regina Brown read aloud the resolution regarding the dedication at the meeting, which noted that Wright served six terms on town council starting in 1969 and then served as mayor for seven terms starting in 1981.
"He became the first elected African-American mayor in Delaware and went on to serve seven consecutive terms, running unopposed, until finally deciding not to run for re-election in 1995," Brown said.
Wright is currently the executive director of the Delaware League of Local Governments, is an active member of the National League of Cities, and the owner/president of MKW Inc. Personnel Consultants.
Wright also received a certificate of appreciation for his years of dedication and service to Smyrna.
Sen. Bruce Ennis and Kent County Levy Court President Brooks Banta were also in attendance to honor Wright.
"I served 26 years as councilman and mayor. I sacrificed my kids growing up and my career. I gave all that up because I love Smyrna," Wright said. "I moved here in 1954 and I promised my wife I'd stay a year. I fell in love with Smyrna."
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