first black millionaire

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 .
From nps.gov ( Via Pinterest)