ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- For Black History Month, Alachua County is honoring a human rights activist who worked tirelessly for all people in Alachua County.
The county commission honored Barbara Lee Higgins by presenting a proclamation to her family and declaring February 2, 2019, as “Barbara L. Higgins Day" in Alachua County.
Higgins was noted as the first black professional to work in the Alachua County Courthouse, served as a secretary for the Alachua County branch to the NAACP, and was the Deputy Supervisor of elections.
After her retirement, she continued to volunteer at the elections office and the Alachua County's clerk office.
“We’re still seeing that she never had a day off,” Higgins’ daughter Yvonne Higgins Parham said. "I believe that God creates heroes and there are some who decides themselves that they want to get active but I know within my heart that she was ordained to do all the things that she did.”
The county presented a video documenting Higgins' accomplishments and testimonies from activists and former co-workers who worked with Higgins.
“My mother encouraged people and felt that all people can do well if given an opportunity but you don't need to work alone-you can work as a team and that's what makes things happen,” Yvonne Higgins Parham said.