There are hundreds of Philip Simmons's gates and fences around Charleston. One of his gates hangs in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He has won national awards and was commissioned to make a gate for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Philip's ironwork is unique in that it is decorated with animals, such as egrets and snakes. He is known as one of the first African American blacksmiths to use animal decorations in ironwork.
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