The family of Alonzo Franklin Herndon was one of the most prominent African-American families in Atlanta. Their story is one of struggle and achievement. In spite of slavery, poverty, and racism, the Herndons, through hard work and persistence succeeded in business and education. Their important legacy continues to enrich the nation.
This study guide is an introduction to this remarkable family. It outlines the history and significance of the Herndon’s, poses questions about their lives, and suggests activities for related study.