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Mrs. Pearl Bassett

April 28, 1911 ~ June 7, 2021 (age 110)


Mrs. Pearl Bassett, 110, of Marion, Indiana, passed away on Monday, June 07, 2021 in Fayetteville, NC.

Pearl was a life­long res­i­dent of Mar­i­on, Indi­ana and was a civil rights pioneer. She was the first Demo­c­ra­t­ic Precinct Chair­woman in Grant Coun­ty, Indi­ana. She also served as the first Black Sec­re­tary of the Grant Coun­ty Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and marched  in 1969 fight­ing for civ­il rights. Pearl was the recip­i­ent of many local, state, and nation­al hon­ors includ­ing the NAACP Unsung Hero­in Award; the Fran­cis Hook Award, the NAACP’s high­est hon­or for women; and the Cen­tu­ri­on Award, pre­sent­ed by Gov­er­nor Mike Pence in 2003. These awards are in response to her ground-shak­ing activism and devo­tion to the social and civ­il rights of African Americans.

Funeral services will be held in Indiana under the direction of Rawls Mortuary 3913 North Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46205 Tel: 1-317-667-7025 and will be announced later.

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