Tulsa Race Riot Survivor, Remembered

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 10/06/2013 11:56 am Published: 10/06/2013 11:02 am

Saturday, friends family and loved ones came out to celebrate a woman who not only made a huge impact in th Vernon AME Church but also on the Tulsa community.

Loved ones say Lucille Figures was a woman of few words, but gave so much of herself to others. FOX23 spoke with family members who say she was a loving woman who never had a frown on her face and always greeted everyone with a smile.

Figures was 104 years old when she passed away Sept. 29.

We're told she was a woman who loved her family and devoted years of service to the Vernon AME Church.
Krystyn Paschal tells FOX23 she grew up knowing Figures.
"It was a gift to be one of those with her in the end. I was able to share a moment with her, check on her and ask her what she needed. She said 'Get me out of here,' and I told her to take it to the Lord."
Not only was she a woman with a strong faith, she was also a vital part of Tulsa history: she was the last survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.

Friends and family say she didn't talk about it much, but that she was pleased to be such a vital part of history.

One of Figure's fellow church members tells me what they'll miss most about her is her caring attitude and her loving smile.

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WyoMoe - 10/7/2013 8:25 AM
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My goodness, this article makes it sound like every black person in Tulsa was slaughtered except 3 or 4 people. Shame on you!!!

Reggie Turner - 10/6/2013 5:42 PM
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We will ALL miss Mrs Figures no doubt. However a correction is due. She is not the last survivor of the riot...not even close. Mr Wess Young at 98 still resides in Tulsa and 29 more survivors reside around the country. Reggie Turner Director of Before They Die and Executive Director of Tulsa Project
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