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Honoring his memory

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By Erin Hill

The rain did not dampen the spirits of those celebrating the life of Minister Alphono Figgers at a park dedication on Saturday.
The city of Quincy has renamed Shaw Quarters Park after Figgers.  He worked diligently to get the park in the community he grew up in.  Figgers, who died in April, was not only a lifetime resident of Quincy, but also a human rights activist after he was convicted of murder as one of the “Quincy Five” and later exonerated.  He had a strong presence in the Gadsden County community.
More than 100 people attended the event, including law enforcement officers and county and city officials.
Members of the Quincy Commission presented Figgers’ family with a proclamation, which describes Figgers as “a mountain of a man.”  The Commission also gave the family a framed replica of the park’s new sign, which has Figgers’ picture on it.  
Figgers’ mother, Lizzie Mae Figgers, said she was thankful for everyone who came out for the celebration.
“He was a good man, and he loved everyone,” Figgers said.
Greg Taylor, director of Quincy’s parks and recreation, said Figgers was a valued citizen, not just in Shaw Quarters, but in all of Gadsden County.  
“This is what he earned, and the life that he lived has truly spoken for him,” Taylor said.
Cynthia Evans, Figgers’ sister, said she and her family were overwhelmed by the turnout.
“We thought that some people would show up but we didn’t know this many would,” Evans said.  
She went on to say her brother was not only concerned about the Shaw Quarters community, but all communities in Gadsden County.  She said the celebration for him was short but powerful.
“His compassion extended far beyond Shaw Quarters,”
Evans said.