The Philip Simmons Foundation was incorporated in 1992 with a very diversified board of citizens. This board set out to make the request of St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church a reality: a commemorative garden in honor of Philip Simmons. With this goal in front of the board, it was perceived that the project would be a community-wide effort. The landscape architectural firm of Edward Pinckney/Associates, Ltd., (College of Charleston campus) committed to designing the garden. The estimated cost was $250,000. Next, the board along with some creative citizens who volunteered their talents, developed several marketing items to aide the fundraising methods. The results from their meetings were a traveling black/white photographic exhibit, a video, posters, a curriculum for grades 3-12, Christmas ornaments and cards, and jewelry of designs by Simmons in silver and gold.
To purchase any of these items, please visit
THE SIMMONS SHOP.
Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
David C. Floyd
President, Director of Job Corp.
Financial Secretary General Contractor
Treasurer, Executive Director, Charleston County Human Services Center
Rossie M. Colter
Project Administrator, Realtor
Olga P. Burke
Owner, Affiliated Management Service
Sen. Herbert U. Fielding
Former State Senator, Lobbyist/Mortician
Retired Nurse/Daughter of Philip Simmons
Pearl G. Jenkins
Retired Educator, Realtor
Thomas M. Leland, Ph.D., M.D.
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
George W. Twiggs
Leo F. Twiggs, Ph.D.
Former City Councilman, City of Charleston
Bishop James C. West, Sr.
Bishop, Diocese of the Southeast Region, The Reformed Episcopal Church
Sheila Wertimer, ASLA
Dr. Lucille S. Whipper
Former SC State Representative
Gloria Scott - Philip Simmons Granddaughter
Cashier Bi Lo's Columbia, SC