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Museum offering ‘graduation bricks’

By DAVID GRAVELY

editor@southwesttimes.com

The Class of 2020 has been through the ringer, but those seniors finally got their day to walk across the stage at Pulaski County High School Saturday. One local museum is now offering a way to memorialize that accomplishment in a permanent way.

The Raymond F. Ratcliff Transportation Museum Brick Garden is offering a chance to honor the members of the PCHS Class of 2020 with a permanent piece of Pulaski County history by selling commemorative bricks that will be placed under PCHS Cougar header brick.

“The graduating class of 2020 has much to be proud of and their perseverance, positivity, and resilience are only a few of the qualities that this extraordinary graduating class possesses,” said a release from the museum. “The unique sense of comradery that the class of 2020 has displayed during the challenges of COVID-19 will be admired and inspiring for many generations to come!”

The Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Transportation Museum’s brick garden is in front of the museum and directly across the street from the historic train depot. The garden is nestled on the corner of Commerce Street and Washington Avenue and is lined with a classic style black metal fence.  The lovely landscaping around the garden make the benches inside even more welcoming. Visitors may want to “sit for a spell” or spend some time reading the customized bricks that have been placed in honor or memory of many different people and organizations.

Bricks come in two sizes. The first brick is 4” x 8” and can have three lines of text, costing $100. The second style of brick is 8” x 8” and includes six lines of text for $200. All proceeds from the sale of these bricks goes directly to supporting the Friends of the Ratcliff for the operation of The Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Transportation Museum and its story and preservation of Pulaski County’s history.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is still currently closed to the public, but brick orders can be made by contacting the museum at (540) 980-2307.

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