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New seal unveiled in Camden council chamber

Posted: December 23, 2011 10:41 a.m.
Updated: December 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Dot Goodwin (center) is congratulated by Camden City Council for creating a new city seal for council chambers at city hall. Goodwin hand-carved the wood medallion, unveiled during council’s Dec. 13 meeting. With Goodwin are (from left) council members X. Willard Polk, Walter Long, Pat Partin and Alfred Mae Drakeford and Mayor Jeffrey Graham.

Dot Goodwin said she was in Camden’s city hall when Camden City Council was discussing the then-pending hospitality tax several years ago when she noticed something.

“I looked around and said they needed a medallion on the wall,” said Goodwin, art director for the Downtown Camden Guild and member of the Artists’ Attic on Broad Street.

Goodwin said while she was sitting in on the meeting, she saw a vision of what belonged behind the mayor’s chair. She had never been upstairs before, where council holds its meetings. She knew what it would look like.

“A few weeks later, (City Manager) Kevin Bronson approached me about the city seal,” Goodwin said, noting the irony.

Bronson revealed Goodwin’s hand-carved creation during council’s Dec. 13 work session. He said that prior to that meeting, the seal was the one thing missing from council chambers. Instead of ordering a generic one, Bronson said, he took up someone’s suggestion to use a local artist and decided to visit Goodwin.

The seal, including the simple words “The City of Camden -- Camden, South Carolina,” features a tree, in the style of one Goodwin said she saw at Springdale Race Course, on a small hill with clouds behind it.

During the unveiling -- with council members out of their seats and standing down from council’s dais -- Bronson presented Goodwin with a plaque thanking her for the work. It, too, will be displayed in the chambers.


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