The Laurens Commission of Public Works yesterday voted to help the Laurens County Museum obtain a large collection of Native American artifacts that is expected to attract people to Laurens from distant places. Debbie Vaughn and Robbie Bell appeared before the Commissioners last month to make the request, noting that a retired doctor found most of the items on his family property on the banks of the Yadkin River in Piedmont North Carolina. They said a friend of the Laurens County Museum in Greenville has connected them with the owner, who is asking $100,000 for the complete selection. He has reportedly turned down much larger offers from large museums because he wants the collection to remain intact.
Following a motion by Commissioner Gerald Abercrombie yesterday, the Commissioners voted to approve the request for a $20,000 pledge, to be paid in installments of $5,000 over four years.
Vaughn and Bell explained how the new Museum now being developed in an existing Main Street building will help to bring people to the Public Square in years to come.