Kenyon College

Common Hour Talk: The Legacy of Philip Simmons

February 4, 2014 11:10am – 12:10pm

Tuesday February 4th

11:10AM, Gund Gallery, Gullah Culture Exhibition Space, in front of the Philip Simmons quilt


Join Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook and Alphonso Brown for a Common Hour Talk about Philip Simmons (1912-2009).

Philip Simmons was an American artisan and blacksmith specializing in the craft of ironwork. Simmons spent 77 years as a blacksmith, focusing on decorative iron work. When he began his career, blacksmiths in Charleston made practical, everyday household objects, such as horseshoes. By the time he retired 77 years later, the craft was considered as art form rather than a practical profession. –

This event is a part of our Gullah Culture week! Learn about Gulllah arts, crafts, cooking, and more from our honored guests from South Carolina. Gullah Culture Week events begin Sunday, February 2nd and continue through February 5th. Join us as we welcome Alphonso Brown (expert on Gullah culture and arts), Antwon Ford (basket weaver), Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook (PhD, educator, lecturer and fiber artist), and Charlotte Jenkins (Gullah chef) to the Kenyon campus in a celebration of Gullah culture!