The Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, was established in 1991 to develop and maintain the commemorative garden from design to completion and to preserve his legacy. Incorporated in 1992, with a very diversified board of citizens who set out to make the request of St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church a reality.
The landscape architectural firm of Edward Pinckney/Associates, Ltd., (College of Charleston campus) designed the garden. The estimated cost was $250,000.
With this goal in front of them, it was perceived that the project would be a community-wide effort. The board along with some creative citizens who volunteered their talents, developed several marketing items to aide the fundraising methods. There is a traveling black/white photographic exhibit, a video, posters, replicas of six of the first gates Mr. Simmons crafted (now collectors' items), a curriculum for grades 3-12, Christmas ornaments and cards, and jewelry of designs by Simmons in silver..


Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
---- Honorary Chairperson
David C. Floyd
---- President, Director of Job Corp.
Jimmie Cobbs
---- Financial Secretary General Contractor
Arnold Collins
---- Treasurer, Executive Director, Charleston County Human Services Center
Rossie M. Colter
---- Project Administrator Realtor
Olga P. Burke
---- Owner, Affiliated Management Service
Herbert DeCosta
---- Preservationist/Construction Consultant
Sen. Herbert U. Fielding
---- Former State Senator, Lobbyist/Mortician
Lillian Gilliam
---- Retired Nurse/Daughter of Philip Simmons
Pearl G. Jenkins
---- Retired Educator/Realtor
Thomas M. Leland, Ph.D., M.D.
---- Ophthalmologist
Dr. Ruby N. Martin
---- Retired, Public School Principal
Arthur C. McFarland, Esq.
---- Attorney/Municipal Court Judge
F. Truitt Rabun, Jr., FASLA
---- Landscape Architect, Landplan Partnership, Hilton Head Island, SC
Ronald Satterfield, Rector
---- St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church
Philip Simmons
---- Master Blacksmith
George W. Twiggs
---- Educator
Leo F. Twiggs, Ph.D.
---- Retired Educator/Artist
Maurice Washington
---- Former City Councilman, City of Charleston
Bishop James C. West, Sr.
---- Bishop, Diocese of the Southeast Region, The Reformed Episcopal Church
Sheila Wertimer, ASLA
---- Landscape Architect
Dr. Lucille S. Whipper
---- Former SC State Representative
Gloria Scott - Philip Simmons Granddaughter
---- Cashier Bi Lo's Columbia, SC


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