Carrying the torch: 105 year old Pearl Bassett still active in community

| October 4, 2016

bassett-horzMARION, Indiana—Legendary community and civil rights activist Pearl Bassett, age 105, accepts a ceremonial torch from Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh as part of an Indiana Bicentennial Torch Bearer celebration on Sept. 28. The torch was passing through the Marion area that day and Bassett was one of the honored torch bearers participating in that leg of the torch passing.

Bassett is one of a select group of history making Hoosiers selected by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission to carry the Bicentennial across the state during the 200 year annniversary of the establishment of Indiana as a state.

Bassett has served as one of the most stalwart figures in the Civil Rights Movement in Indiana, particularly the Grant County and Marion area, as an active member of the NAACP. She formed the local chapter of WIN (Women in NAACP) and served as the group’s president for many years.

Bassett, along with six colleagues, on behalf of the NAACP, filed suit in Federal Court to desegregate Matter Park Pool in 1955 and continued her unwavering activism in subsequent decades.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including being given the key to city by a number of mayors and receiving the  “Unsung Hero” award from the NAACP. In 1991, she received the Frances Hook Award, the NAACP’s highest honor for women achievers.

She has participated in her Church, Allen Temple A.M.E. for many years and has been president of Missionary and a trustee there for more than 35 years.

At age 105, Bassett, who has been on this earth for more than half Indiana’s history as a state, remains active in the community.

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