Historical Marker Dedication: Alonzo Herndon

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017
11:00 am

Please join the Georgia Historical Society for the dedication of a new historical marker for Alonzo Herndon. The dedication will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

100 Auburn Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

The marker reads:

Alonzo Herndon
1858-1927

Alonzo Herndon was born into slavery in Walton County, Georgia, in 1858. After moving to segregated Atlanta, Herndon opened several barbershops, including the upscale Crystal Palace in 1902. In 1905, he purchased a small mutual aid association that eventually became the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Headquartered here on Auburn Avenue, it grew into one of the country’s most successful black-owned businesses. A founding member of the National Business League organized by Booker T. Washington in 1900, and of the Niagara Movement (forerunner of the NAACP) organized by W. E. B. Dubois in 1905, Herndon became noted for his involvement in and support of local organizations devoted to advancing African-American business and community life. One of Atlanta’s most important twentieth-century entrepreneurs, Herndon died in 1927 and is buried in South-View Cemetery.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, Georgia State University, Atlanta Student Movement Veterans of the 1960s, and District Two, Atlanta City Council