Here’s a nice vintage photo of the Herdon family. Alonzo and his wife Adrienne were former slaves. After the Civil War, Alonzo studied barbering. He eventually owned a string of very successful barber shops throughout Atlanta. He became Atlanta’s largest Black property owner by 1900. He founded the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and became Atlanta’s first Black Millionaire . They had one son , Norris .
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Annie Malone – If you thought Madam C. J. Walker was the first black millionaire, think again. Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone (August 9, 1869 – May 10, 1957) was the real first millionaire businesswoman and with no tragic end to her story. She lived up until the grand age of 87. Click to watch our Mini Doc on her life now.
These books are the records of the grave sites at Elmwood Cemetery. It was established in 1852. The cemetery is the final resting place of many well known Memphians. From soldiers, mayors, authors, common folks, and others. It is the resting place of the first black southern millionaire Robert Reed Church.