African American Home Tour: Herndon Home During the Holidays

Love history and the holidays? Why not check out the Herndon Home in Atlanta, GA to see their holiday decor.  Explore this African American Home Tour: Herndon Home During the Holidays. Share your holiday images using the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle

African American Home Tour: Herndon Home During the Holidays

Completed in 1910, the Herndon Home, was the residence of Alonzo Herndon and his family. Herdon was a former slave raised in a sharecropping family after the Civil War. Herndon studied barbering, and owned and managed a string of barbershops in downtown Atlanta after the Civil War, one of which was considered to be the most elegant in the country with marble floors and chandelier. Investing his income into real estate, Herndon became the largest black property owner in Atlanta by 1900. Later, Herndon founded the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, located in the Sweet Auburn Historic District, and became Atlanta’s first black millionaire. The home was primarily designed by Adrienne Herndon, Alonzo’s first wife and a teacher at Atlanta University. The couple had one son, Norris. 

“On November 22, 1950, Norris Herndon established The Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation, Inc. The Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation to be used exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes. Since its inception, the Foundation has been a major benefactor to metro-Atlanta institutions and organizations, including but not limited to First Congregational Church, Gate City Day Nursery Association, Greater Atlanta Community Chest, and Morris Brown College. At the national level, the Foundation supported the cause of economic and social development associated with the civil rights movement via contributions to the United Negro College Fund, Inc., and the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Since 1983, the Foundation has been committed to the financial support and operation of the Herndon family residence as a home museum. In the year 2000, the Herndon Home Museum was added to the distinguished list of properties of the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the Foundation continues to support a number of charitable endeavors, including projects designed to stoke the same entrepreneurial dedication exemplified by the Herndon legacy.”
We adore this holiday crystal collection.
Such a fun holiday tree with a classic style
This table is set and ready for guests. 
So many memories of holiday brunch!
Nothing like a holiday tree in the foyer. 

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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  1. December 20, 2018 / 4:14 am

    Another wow!!!! ..i’m going to Atlanta to tour this house.. thank you!!

    • Michiel Perry
      December 20, 2018 / 4:27 am

      You will love it. It is a beautiful home and so much history!

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