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Arbor Day Celebration Commemorates Bethesda Presbyterian Bicentennial

Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford joined the City of Camden's Urban Forester Liz Gilland, along with other City Council members and staff, dignitaries and members of the community at the annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, November 4th at Bethesda Presbyterian Church on East DeKalb Street. This year's celebration included the planting of an oak tree on the Bethesda campus, to commemorate the church's bicentennial. Bethesda's Reverend Brent Kendall gave the invocation at the ceremony, which was followed by remarks from the Mayor, Lois Edwards of the South Carolina Forestry Commission, and Dr. John Stephenson, a member of the church's congregation. The Bethesda Presbyterian Church sanctuary at 502 East DeKalb Street was designed by renowned architect Robert Mills and construction was completed in 1822. The church is also the site of a monument designed by Mills and dedicated to the memory of Baron Johann DeKalb, killed in the Battle of Camden in 1780. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. 

In photo: Rev. Brent Kendall (Bethesda Church), Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford, Liz Gilland, stand with the newly planted oak tree at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, along with members of Parks & Trees Commission: Barb Willens, Donna Cox, Jane Miller, Diana Wenman, and Mike Eddings, back row is Maryann Hurst with KC Master Gardeners.