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Statue of influential Charleston blacksmith Philip Simmons rededicated

The statue of Philip Simmons now sits in Hampstead Square. (Photo source: Live 5) The statue of Philip Simmons now sits in Hampstead Square. (Photo source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The City of Charleston rededicated a statue Tuesday of a blacksmith who helped shape the look of Charleston. 

The statue of Philip Simmons was rededicated during a ceremony at Hampstead Square, located at 67 Columbus Street, Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Simmons, whose ironwork can be seen throughout downtown Charleston, died in 2009 at the age of 97. 

Simmons' statue previously sat at the Josiah Smith Tennant House on East Bay Street, but is being moved following the sale of the property. 

According to a release, Hampstead Square was selected as the statue's new location because that is where Simmons often sat to watch the children play. 

His famed ironwork can be found in the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution, among other museums. 

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