Alonzo F. Herndon
@ Atlanta History Center
DescriptionA. F. Herndon, FounderPortrait of Atlanta businessman Alonzo F. Herndon.Alonzo Franklin Herndon was born a slave in Social Circle, Georgia, on June 26, 1858. He moved to Atlanta in 1882 and he eventually became the city's premier barber, serving only white patrons as required by Jim Crow custom and law. He become the largest African American property owner in Atlanta by 1900 and would later found the Atlanta Life Insurance Company becoming Atlanta's first African American millionaire.