Curran Bridge Renamed

March 20, 2009

It's now official: there is no longer a Father Curran Bridge in Augusta.

On Thursday, Governor Baldacci signed into law a bill to rename the bridge.

It was originally named for a roman catholic priest. But after Father Curran died, he was accused of sexual abuse.

A person who says he was one of Curran's victims thanked the state Thursday for the name change.

"It's very important." Said Bob Dupuis. "I think it sends a clear message that we're very serious in preventing things like this and what happened to me from ever happening again."

"It shows, I think, that we stand behind and honor the victims that have come forward, stepped forward to let us know and we won't stand for that in our community." Said lawmaker Patsy Crockett, a supporter of the bill to change the name.

The new name is the Calumet Bridge at Old Fort Western.

Calumet means "peace pipe."


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