Red Bank Alumni Try To Save Brick Mosaic

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Updated: 7/05/2013 11:44 pm
       They may look like simple brick figures, but for over 70 years they've been looking over Dayton Boulevard, a symbol of togetherness in Red Bank.
       "The brick students are iconic, they have been there for ever and ever. Our school is going to be demolished on July 22nd and this was a part of Red Bank history that we wanted to see saved. We wanted to see it rebuilt into a freestanding monument," said Sharmon Hardin, one of those fighting to save the Mosaic.
       A group of Red Bank Alumni are raising money to try and save the familiar figures. They got a big boost from one Hamilton County Commissioner.
       "They are trying to raise eight thousand dollars and I told them if they raise four of them that we would use District six discretionary money for the other four. I think that this is a good use of discretionary money. Discretionary money is the counties money it's the county tax payers money so this is a good use of discretionary money," said Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham.
       Even with help from the county, the group is still a thousand dollars short, but plan to procede with the help of Marty Green, who offered to do the work at cost.
       "He is going to be starting on Tuesday to start removing the bricks now that we at seven thousand dollars. He is going to be using a diamond edge blade to cut out each brick one by one and then reconstruct it exactly like it is as a free standing momunment on Morrison Springs road campus," said Hardin.
        A monument they hope will keep an historic symbol of Red Bank alive.
        "We really knew this was doable at that cost and we all came together, banned together, worked together, working on donations and all different areas and it looks like it is going to happen," said Hardin.
        Even though they will start work to remove the mosaic on Tuesday, the group is still short of their goal. If you'd like to contribute you can mail or drop of a check at Red Bank City Hall, or check out the groups Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/593630037325570/?fref=ts
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