Bain, Carson, 1917-

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"Carson Bain was born in Lexington, North Carolina, in 1917. In 1932 his family moved from High Point to Greensboro, where Bain attended Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley High School) and graduated in 1934. While working at the A&P grocery store, Bain started a cooking oil business, Home Kero Service. This one-man oil enterprise became Bain Heating and Oil Company in 1946. Bain served as the company's president until his retirement. Throughout that time he was also involved in several Greensboro civic organizations, most notably the Greensboro Junior Chamber of Commerce (the Jaycees), of which he is a life member. In the 1960s, Bain became involved in the local political arena, and was elected to the Greensboro City Council in 1966. The following year, he was elected mayor. One of his most memorable actions as mayor was the imposition of a nightly curfew after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. His tenure is also known for significant redevelopment of some of Greensboro's more dilapidated areas and passage of a bond for construction of a new government center, additional school buildings, and expansion of the coliseum." --From Greensboro VOICES Biography, "Bain, Carson" accessed 8 October 2008, http://library.uncg.edu/depts/archives/civrights/detail-bio.asp?bio=3

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