The old Publix building and the mural that adorned its façade were destroyed in February to make way for residences in the Temple Terrace downtown redevelopment area.
Some community residents had expressed interest in saving the mural, but preserving it in its entirety was impossible. So, the day before the demolition was scheduled, members of the GFWC Temple Terrace Woman’s Club and Junior Woman’s Club began chipping away pieces of the mural’s tile.
Now, they’re using those pieces to create mosaic stepping stones, which they began constructing this month.
“The clubs plan to put the stones throughout the City of Temple Terrace, including the Community Garden and Woodmont Park, plus use them as fundraisers at different community events,” said Anita Long, publicity chair for the clubs. “A little bit of history will be recorded by each one.”
The General Federation of Women's Clubs is an international service organization for teens (Juniorettes age 14-18) and women ages 18 and up (Junior Woman’s Club and Woman’s Club) who want to make a difference in the world. For more information about GFWC and how you can be a volunteer, visit GFWC online.
Check out the GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman’s Club Facebook page for more photos.