House Endorses New Name for Augusta Bridge

March 12, 2009

The Maine House today gave final approval to a measure to rename an Augusta bridge. The bill changes the name of the so-called Father Curran Bridge to the Calumet Bridge at Old Fort Western. The change was initiated after allegations that the bridge's original namesake, Father John Curran, sexually abused minors. The Catholic priest died in 1976, and the allegations were never proven. But they prompted Augusta Rep. Patsy Crockett, a Democrat, to propose a measure to rename the bridge. "The renaming shows our commitment to support survivors and stand together in the fight against sexual abuse," Crockett says in a statement. She says the new name honors the city's Franco-American community as well as a prominent historical landmark. Calumet means peace pipe, she says.


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