One of the areas most influential African American leaders has died at the age of 96.
Born and raised in Thomas County Georgia, Forrest Monroe Sr. was considered by many to be one of the area's great humanitarians.
Over the years the former building contractor was involved in a number of community organizations, and was among the first black board members at the First National Bank of Thomasville.
"He built many homes in Thomasville he was a civic leader he was involved in the community the school system, different organizations and Mr. Forrest Monroe is going to be missed he's really going to be missed," said Jack Hadley, Curator for the local Jack Hadley History Museum.
During America's bicentennial celebration, Monroe bought and donated his former all-black grade school to the county.
It was later made into a museum that is named in his honor.