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Camden council honors Price House Commission

Posted: March 15, 2018 4:08 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Camden Mayor pro Tem Jeffrey Graham (far left) speaks to members of the Price House Commission during a presentation of a special proclamation of appreciation for its recent Soulicious festival and assistance with the opening of the African American Culture Center. Commissioners attending Tuesday included (from left) Polly Lampshire (chair), Elizabeth Robinson, Viveca Metze, Jacqueline Green-Stuckey, Pearl Boswell, Ponza Vaughn, Laura Jones and Vernon Tucker. In back, are council members Deborah Davis, Stephen Smoak and Joanna Craig.

Two weeks ago, Camden City Council unanimously approved a proclamation of appreciation for the Price House Commission. Unfortunately, commissioners were unable to attend that meeting, but came in full force Tuesday night to receive the accolade.

Not only did Mayor pro Tem Jeffrey Graham present the commission with the proclamation, but, on behalf of Alfred Mae Drakeford, who was out of town on business, gave each commissioner one of the city’s new Office of the Mayor Coins.

“We are grateful for the work you have done to get the Price House Commission where it is, but, also, the partnership we will have in the future” Graham said. “We thank you so much for your continued commitment to our partnership and the strength you all have given us. The commission has been in a partnership. We’re excited about the future, but the ideas and the life and the energy comes from this group. So, again, thank you for what you’ve done and what we will continue to do together.”

The proclamation itself reads:

“Whereas, The Price House, circa 1830, is Camden’s last remaining example of an African American combination store-residence and it is owned by the City of Camden and managed by the Price House Commission; and

“Whereas, the mission of the Price House Commission is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about African American life, history and culture to Camden and Kershaw County; and

“Whereas, the purpose of the Commission is to preserve its place in history in Camden and Kershaw County by creating and promoting an open environment for new and existing ideas and programs; and

“Whereas, the Price House Commission has played a vital role in sponsoring public tours of African American Historic Sites in Camden and Kershaw County and has also played a vital role in the opening of Camden’s new African American Culture Center, which will showcase black art, books, memorabilia, furniture and skills from the 18th century; and

“Whereas, the Price House Commission held its First Annual Price House Festival -- Soulicious: A Celebration of life, laughter, love and heritage on Saturday, February 24, 2018; and…”

The proclamation is then signed by Mayor Drakeford to honor the commission “for its outstanding service to promote, protect and preserve African American life, history and culture in Camden and Kershaw County.”

In other business, the four attending council members unanimously approved:

• second and final reading of an ordinance amending certain sections of the city’s land development regulations pertaining to plat and mailbox requirements;

• second and final reading of an ordinance assigning a final zoning classification of Commercial Mixed Use to property located at 559 Sumter Hwy., immediately adjacent to I-20 eastbound Exit 98;

• first reading of an ordinance accepting a 6.6-acre property at 1000 York St. from the Kershaw County School District that will, reportedly, been turned into a recreation/playground area; and

• a resolution authorizing the consumption of beer and wine at the West Wateree -Lugoff Rotary Club’s upcoming Wild Game Dinner.

Council will next meet in regular session at 6 p.m. March 27. All meetings are held in council chambers on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., and are open to the public.

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