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Manassas City Hall Renamed After Former Mayor

By Potomac Local July 28, 2014 7:00 am

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MANASSAS, Va. – City Hall in Manassas now has a new name.

Residents alongside city leaders Sunday night dedicated the government center in honor of former Mayor Marvin Gillum. A new plaque with Gillum’s name was unveiled Sunday night under Harris Pavilion in Downtown Manassas.

Gillum was famous for coning the phrase “community for a lifetime” when describing his hometown. City officials say a formal request for the name change was made back in January and was unanimously approved by the city.

Here’s more background on Gillum as provided by city officials:

Mayor Gillum was born in Manassas and graduated from Osbourn High School in 1940.  He served as Mayor of the City from 1996 to 2004.  Prior to that he served as a school board member for more than 15 years. 

Mayor Gillum was a community leader and served on numerous boards and committees including: the ManassasRotary Club; the Prince William Health System Foundation; the Manassas Historical Commission; the Manassas Education Foundation; Historic Manassas, Inc.; Manassas baseball little league; the American Red cross; SERVE; George Mason University (Prince William Campus) and many others.

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