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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published May 25, 2010

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY ON THE PASSING OF RAYMOND V. HAYSBERT, SR.



ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 25, 2010) –Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following the passing of Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr., chief executive officer of the Parks Sausage Co., one of the largest African-American-owned businesses in the country, and the first minority-owned company to go public on the stock exchange:

“I am saddened by the news of the passing of Raymond Haysbert, a prominent businessman, community activist and leader in entrepreneurship for African-American owned businesses across our State and our country. Ray Haysbert fought for our freedom in the all-African American 332nd Fighter Group – the Tuskegee Airmen – during World War II, and upon returning home, fought tirelessly to expand African-American owned businesses in our country. Through his leadership and community activism, he proved that we can preserve our history while challenging its flaws, exacting a more just future for the next generation.”

“Raymond Haysbert will be missed dearly, but his dedication to equality and inclusion will not be forgotten. My thoughts, and the thoughts and prayers of all Marylanders, are with the family of Raymond Haysbert on this very sad day.”