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Publix Mural Tiles Turned into Stepping Stones

The GFWC Temple Terrace Woman’s Club and Junior Woman’s Club began creating the stepping stones this month.

The old 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, .

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 and , plus use them as fundraisers at different community events,” said , 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.

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Grant Rimbey August 31, 2012 at 03:53 PM
This is a great idea and an interesting use of our history!
David M. Long August 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Still in the prototype stage, plans are to make many different stepping stones and possibly some decorative stones from pieces of tile set in concrete. Some are working on a theme for individual stones, such as a tree, gator and golf flag on a green.
Ivy Jacobson August 31, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Such a great idea--I remember those at Publix when I was a little girl!
Anita Long August 31, 2012 at 05:27 PM
A great project! So proud to be a part of it.
Ashley Reams August 31, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Thanks for adding more photos, Anita!
Caroline G. Barnard September 04, 2012 at 02:07 PM
This article caught my eye as I was wondering what use would be made of these precious remains of part of our Temple Terrace history. My husband and I sifted through the dust and rubble to retrieve some of the colorful bits and pieces of tile and would like to donate these if they would be used for a charitable fundraiser. The idea of stepping stones appeals to me, as well as a smaller memento, like a creatively designed and decorated paper weight. In any case, a concern about such examples of historical preservation strengthens a sense of community. Thanks to Patch for getting this information out. Caroline Barnard
Anita Long September 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
@ Caroline - Please bring any tile donations to Business Ink Printing 8834 N. 56th St. 813-988-4656. Dave and I have been active in the project and will get them where they need to be. Thanks so much!

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