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John William Forbis

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note: John Forbis was born on September 22, 1939, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is an 11th generation native of the city. He attended Curry High School, graduating in 1957. Following college, Forbis worked as an undertaker in the family-owned Forbis and Dick Funeral Home, and also became very active in the Greensboro Jaycees. He was elected to Greensboro’s city council in 1973, when integration and busing were the foremost issues. Forbis was mayor pro tem when the Klan-CWP shootout occurred on Nov. 3, 1979, and participated in stabilizing efforts from a command center in City Hall. Two years later Forbis was elected as mayor, and served until 1987.

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Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with John Forbis by Mark Dorosin
Date: February 15, 1988
By: John William Forbis
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a February 15, 1988, oral history interview conducted by Mark Dorosin with John Forbis, Forbis primarily discusses political events during his tenure as a councilman and mayor...