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Reverend Marion Bascom interview


Reverend Marion Bascom (1922-2012) was a civil rights activist, a minister at Douglas Memorial Community Church, and the first Black fire commissioner in Baltimore, Maryland. In this interview, Bascom discusses how he became involved in the civil rights movement and his association with Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore's Bolton Hill neighborhood. Bascom speaks about the evolution of the Republican Party and criticizes its lack of concern for the welfare of Black Americans. He also discusses Baltimore’s designation as a target city by the Congress of Racial Equality, the violent disturbances in the city during the 1960s, and the relationship between local churches and civil rights organizations. Bascom further outlines who he saw as the key participants in the civil rights movement and provides his opinion on the rise of militancy in civil rights activities.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Marion Bascom
Interviewer: Richard Richardson

Production Note

The McKeldin-Jackson Project was an effort to examine the Maryland civil rights movement of the mid-20th century through the medium of oral history by focusing on the roles played by pioneering freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson and Theodore R. McKeldin, who was Mayor of Baltimore (1943-1947, 1963-1967), Governor of Maryland (1951-1959), and an advocate for civil rights. The project was sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society and was supported in part by a grant from the Maryland Committee for the Humanities and Public Policy.


Object ID

OH 8128


Audio: 74 minutes
Transcript: 32 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8128

Resource ID


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