The Reverend Dr. Marion C. Bascom
Dr. Marion Curtis Bascom served as the Senior Pastor of Douglas Memorial Community Church from July, 1949 until his retirement in March, 1995.
Dr. Bascom was born in Pensacola, Florida; and is a graduate of Florida Memorial College and the Howard University Divinity School. He also completed studies at the Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C.; and in 1970 received the honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Florida Memorial College.
Before assuming the pastorate of Douglas Memorial, Dr. Bascom served as pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, both of St. Augustine, Florida.
Dr. Bascom was a local leader and activist during the civil rights movement, and marched in Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poverty marchers enroute to Washington, D.C. were housed and fed at Douglas Memorial, as a small part of the church's awareness of the social problems of the day.
As a pioneer of community and social outreach, Dr. Bascom served as the first Black Commissioner of the Baltimore City Fire Department; and in 2008 a fire station was named in his honor.
Dr. Bascom's favorite scriptural passage is, "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!" Psalm 139:23