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King Hagler, Joseph Kershaw statuary to be unveiled at Town Green
Camden native honors fathers legacy through gift to city
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John Hagins Jr., a Camden native who is now a notable Greenville attorney, is making a gift of the statues being unveiled Oct. 25 on the Town Green to the city of Camden. Hagins Jr. is doing so in honor of his father's legacy. John Hagins Sr. opened Camden's Belk department store in 1934 and led the retail outlet until 1985.
After a nearly year and a half wait, the city of Camden will celebrate the unveiling of a pair of life-size statuary of two of the city and county’s most notable figures on the Town Green on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 25. City officials are inviting the public to the 3 p.m. unveiling of statues of Native-American leader King Hagler and Col. Joseph Kershaw, one of the founders of what would become Camden. The statues are being dedicated and donated by John A. “Johnny” Hagins Jr. in honor of the his late father, John Argis Hagins Sr. They are the creations of local artist Maria J. Kirby-Smith.