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History unveiled
Large crowd greets Hagler, Kershaw statues
Statues Unveiled - Graham and Hagins
John A. Hagins Jr. (left), who provided the funding for the new statues in honor of his late father, John A. Hagins Sr., accepts the key to the city from Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham. Hagins Jr. said Thursdays ceremony served as an example of how to get things done, made good common sense and reflected good history. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
“You couldn’t ask for a better day.” At least 150 people -- possibly 200 by some accounts -- appeared to agree with Camden City Manager Kevin Bronson as they crowded on to the west side of Camden’s Town Green Thursday afternoon. They were on hand to witness the official unveiling of two life-size statues of the “Patron Saint of Camden” and the “Father of Camden:” Catawba Chief King Hagler and Camden founding father Joseph Kershaw.