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Behind the Seal - Nov. 27, 2017

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Pickens County, S.C.

Introduced in: 1990s
Designed by: Bryan Langston

In the 1990s, the Pickens County, South Carolina Council wanted to adopt a seal, and they saw a design commissioned in 1968 for the county’s centennial in the Pickens Sentinel. They made a lithograph of the design, but it was still missing something, and Council Member Norman Langston felt it needed a little color. He knew just the person — his son, Bryan — and the right price — free — to spruce it up.

“I guess I got shoehorned into it,” said the younger Langston, who now works in the County Sheriff’s Office in forensics, where his artistic skills are employed sometimes to sketch crime scenes.

The seal features Table Rock and Lake Oolenoy, the natural prime attractions in the county.

The seal includes 1868, the date of the county’s founding.

Four stars represent the four Medal of Honor recipients from Pickens County.

Would you like to see your county’s seal featured? Contact Charlie Ban at

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