Mark the Hometown of Georgia's First Black Millionaire Alonzo Herndon

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Could you imagine that someone from a small town like Social Circle, GA had at one point more wealth than rapper Jay-Z?! And that there is no marker to commemorate this individual?

Alonzo Herndon has an inspiring story that more people should know and hopefully celebrate.


Social Circle, Georgia needs a marker to honor Georgia’s first Black millionaire: Alonzo F. Herndon. Alonzo Herndon grew up enslaved in Social Circle and after the Emancipation Proclamation Herndon was a sharecropper. With less than $8 Alonzo Herndon walked over 40 miles to Atlanta, GA. In Atlanta, he went on to open the world renowned Crystal Palace Barbershop and the nation’s first Black owned insurance company, the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. 


Herndon’s philanthropic endeavours should be celebrated and acknowledged. After becoming a millionaire in the 1900s, Herndon began providing affordable housing, jobs, saving ailing companies, and providing insurance to people previously denied. Alonzo Herndon was not only ahead of time, but ensured he empowered people socially, emotionally, and economically. His philanthropy continues today, as seen through the Alonzo and Adrienne Herndon Home Museum, the Game Changers program for youth, and the still operating Atlanta Life Insurance Company.


Alonzo Herndon and his family’s legacy has touched people from Social Circle to Atlanta and throughout the nation. 


People in Social Circle and everywhere should learn and know about the Herndon legacy. Having a marker in Social Circle will share the Herndon legacy and keep it alive. 


Please take part in preserving the Herndon legacy by signing this petition to ensure the Herndon legacy is preserved and acknowledged in his hometown.