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Nicole Gilbert, center, and her daughters, Morgan and Courtney, kneel beside the paver inscribed for Gilbert’s mother, Suzie Lowry, on the square in downtown Moultrie.

MOULTRIE — “Pave the Way” is an initiative to allow Colquitt County citizens and others with ties here to  personalize a paver that will be placed in the walkways of downtown.

“We have so much history in downtown Moultrie with all of the beautiful old buildings and our courthouse. We wanted to give citizens the opportunity to have their family name etched in history, too,” said Amy Johnson, Main Street director.

This is a continuing program, which was started in 2001 by the Downtown Moultrie Tomorrow organization, where monies raised are used to further enhance the appearance of downtown. Some of the things the money has paid for are façade grants, repairs to the breezeway, downtown events and promotion of downtown. So, far around 1,150 pavers have been inscribed and placed.

The bricks can be inscribed in memory or honor of a loved one, to celebrate retirement or simply to recognize someone for their contribution to the community, Johnson said. There are many reasons to purchase a paver and have it placed in a choice of areas around downtown Moultrie for generations to come to appreciate.

“What a nice remembrance of our MeMama to receive a gift of a brick in downtown Moultrie to enjoy for years to come. That is definitely special,” said Nicole Gilbert, whose late mother, Suzie Lowry, was memorialized with a brick.

She said her daughters, Morgan and Courtney, described it as "cool.”

Bricks are $50 each, which is a tax deductible contribution, and can be purchased through the Moultrie Main Street office, located at 120 N. Main St. A skilled brick artist from the region will inscribe the bricks on-site, so they won’t have to be sent off. But that means the time of insertion could be short or lengthy, as it is done on his schedule.

For more information or to request a “Pave the Way” form, please call the Main Street office at 229-890-5455.

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