The Peter Francisco Buckingham County Administration Building

Published 4:18 pm Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Buckingham County is constructing a fine new county administration complex. Name it in honor of the Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco.

Two individuals in Buckingham County deserve having their names on buildings because of their association with Buckingham County and their significant contribution to the history of the United States of America.

Carter G. Woodson, a great educator and known as the Father of Black History, clearly deserves having his name on a school. It is equally appropriate for Mr. Francisco's name to be on the building that houses the County's government because his life was all about winning a revolution to create a government for and by the people.

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Nobody else in Buckingham County's history comes close to these two individuals. These two men. These two buildings. Not every name and not every building in the county.

The Buckingham County School Board can feel completely justified in creating the Carter G. Woodson Elementary School.

The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors can feel completely justified in creating the Peter Francisco Buckingham County Administration Building.

The people of Buckingham County can unite around honoring these two men. The duo's contributions, one steeped in education, the other directly tied to government-and both joined in the common cause of the freedom of the individual through enlightened minds and enlightened government-helped shape the nation we call home.