In celebration of Womens History Month

In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. During this time the entire nation  honors the extraordinary achievements of American women

Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Adrienne McNeil Herndon, mother of Norris Bumstead Herndon and architect of the Herndon Home Museum. In dedication to the lasting legacy of Adrienne Herndon we have included in this months online news a poem written by Atlanta university student, A.H.W., at Atlanta University Professor Adrienne Herndon’s Death.

In Memoriam

Her form was full of beauty and of grace!

Her voice was strangely sweet and seemed to be

Full of caressing shadows, yet as free

And simple as a child’s voice.Then her face

Was pure and tranquil, there was not a trace

Of guile or meanness. Gentle sympathy,

Quick comprehension, – tho’ half timidly, –

She gave to everyone in every place.

Oh, pupils, friends, mother, husband, son,

Do not despair. Her beauty is not fled.

She lives forever and her voice has rung

A challenge to ye. Let the tears be shed

To noble purpose. Link your lives to One

Who lives. Oh, do not think of her as dead.


Follow us on social media to find little know facts and pictures of Adrienne all month long. 

2018 Black History Month Herndon Celebration series

Black History Month Herndon Celebration series

See below for details on the Herndon Home Museum 2018 Black history Series. For questions or reservations call 404.581.9813

Free Tour Days

February 6th & 8th – Celebrating Adrienne Herndon

Free tours to Atlanta University Alum and Current Students


Tuesday, February 13th 10AM to 3PM – Celebrating Sophenie Herndon


Free tours to Seniors 55+


Tue, February 27th – Celebrating African American Veterans

Free tours to Veterans 10 – 4


Free Events *donations encouraged

Tuesday, February 20th 6PM-7PM – Celebrating Norris Hendon


Youth Education Program (ages 7-12). Learn how record and preserve your family history


Thursday, February 22nd 6PM-7PM – Celebrating Norris Hendon



Youth Education Program (ages 7-12). Learn how preserve your family artifacts


Saturday, February 24th 8AM to 12PM – Celebrating the Herndon Legacy

Neighborhood clean-up around the Herndon Home Museum University Place and MLK Drive


Members Only Events

Saturday, February 10th – Friends of Herndon Movie Night

Screening of “Stir Crazy”

Free for Friends of Herndon

$5 Donation includes Food and Refreshment



Feature Events

Wednesday, February 14th 6:00 PM – Celebrating Jessie Herndon

Sweethearts Night at the Museum


Couples $25

Romantic Tour of the Herndon Home Museum with Herndon Scholar and Storyteller, Dr. Simms Alvarado. Evening includes a Tour, Desserts and Door Prizes.


Wednesday, February 21st 6:00 PM – Celebrating Alonzo Hendon

Book Signing and Reading with Herndon Descendant, Adam Herndon

$15 per child, parents attend free

Fee include entry, hand-outs and a signed book “Who says a slave can’t be a Millionaire”


Herndon Home Museum Joins Phoenix Flies for 3rd consecutive year

The 2018 Phoenix Flies:

A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites is returning for a 15th year!

The Atlanta Preservation Center

327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta GA 30312 | M A P
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Phoenix Flies 2018 – March 3rd – 5th

Atlanta’s historic built environment of buildings, landscapes, and neighborhoods is an integral part of the City’s culture and economy. The Phoenix Flies Celebration provides an opportunity to learn about, celebrate, and strengthen these assets to the benefit of all.

The Phoenix Flies is almost here!  

We have been hard at work putting together the events for the 2018 Phoenix Flies Celebration.  For this year’s Celebration, we have brought together 99 Preservation Partners from across the city. We are thrilled to announce some great new partnerships and some returning longtime favorites! Joining us this year are the Carlos Museum, the Cherrylion Studios, Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, the Clay Cemetery, Civil Bikes, the Gilded Angel Gallery, Constellations, the DeFoor Centre, and the Battle of Peachtree Creek (Hoke Kimball).  We are also pleased to welcome returning partners such as the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Woman’s Club, the Forward Arts Foundation/Swan Coach House, the Atlanta History Center, the Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Home, the Atlanta Daily World building/Gene Kansas, Sweet Auburn Works and many more!

All events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.  All events are attended at the risk of the attendee.  Some events require reservations. Please see the program or event listings for additional information.


As with all great undertakings the Phoenix Flies Celebration cannot be accomplished alone.  The Atlanta Preservation Center relies on our Preservation Partners, sponsors and the general public to make the program a success year after year.

The Atlanta Preservation Center presents Phoenix Flies




CONTACTS: Deisha Millar, Bang! Arts Media


January 9, 2018 – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta artist, Charmaine Minniefield has been commissioned by, Hands On Atlanta and Spelman College to create a mural on the newly opened Westside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.  The mural construction is part of Spelman’s 2018 MLK Day of Service activities. This sprawling painting will include the likeness of Adrienne McNeil Herndon, celebrating women in leadership, the arts, education and entrepreneurship. The launch event will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Monday, January 15, 9 a.m. – Noon at the mural site on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail, at 1320 White Street, Atlanta, GA 30310. is a global non-profit organization with the goal of motivating young people to make positive change both online and offline through campaigns that make an impact. has over 5.6 million young members in every United States area code and in 131 countries.

The mural will expand upon’s national campaign, “Missing in History.” The campaign activated young people nationwide to fight misrepresentation and erasure by literally inserting inclusive and intersectional histories into their textbooks in the form of handmade bookmarks depicting historical facts and individuals that are not traditionally represented. Minniefield’s finalized design drew inspiration from the campaign, and will include quotes from’s members from the Atlanta area and beyond.

Minniefield, a lecturer in the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Spelman, will engage the College’s alumnae and current students in the execution of the mural as one of several MLK Day of Service projects coordinated by the Bonner Office of Civic Engagement at Spelman.  This public art project will both extend the College’s volunteerism into the surrounding community and draw a connection between the Spelman and the neighboring new Westside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.

This is a special public art collaboration between Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and Spelman. The wall stands at the interim hiking trail, off the paved mainline Westside Trail, across White Street from Gordon White Park.

Previous murals by Minniefield include “Watch Me Learn,” a wall designed in collaboration with civil rights icon Dr. Doris Derby on Edgewood Avenue in the King Historic District. In this case, Minniefield used public art to push back against erasure as a contemporary social justice issue by celebrating the civil rights history of this vastly changing area.

Culture Centers International serves as the fiscal sponsor for the new mural project. Its mission is to collect the history of African-American businesses, to educate the community through the arts, and to sustain the legacy of the African Diaspora through historic preservation.


About Charmaine Minniefield

Visual artist Charmaine Minniefield seeks to preserve Black narratives as a radical act of social justice. As an artist-activist, her work intentionally pushes back against erasure, displacement, misrepresentation and marginalization by reclaiming cultural histories in communities affected by gentrification. Her murals can be seen at numerous locations in Atlanta. Her recent public art projects include projection mapping and site-specific installation.  With over 20 years experience as a producer and arts administrator, Minniefield has worked with such organizations as the National Black Arts Festival, the High Museum of Art and the Fulton County Department of Art and Culture. She has produced projects with such organizations as Alternate ROOTS, Points of Light and Flux Projects and she currently serves as faculty for both Spelman College and Freedom University. To learn more about her work, visit

About is the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change. We’re activating 5.5 million young people (and counting!) to do good in every United States area code and in 131 countries. Using our digital platform, members join DoSomething’s volunteer and civic action campaigns to make offline impact at scale. Our members have clothed half of America’s homeless youth. They’ve cleaned up 3.7 million cigarette butts. They’ve run the world’s largest youth-led sports equipment drive. And more! Young people have the power and the passion to transform their communities — we help them get it done. Let’s Do This.

About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway producer Alia Jones, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard professor Evelynn Hammonds, author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit

About Adrienne McNeil Herndon and the Herndon Home

Adrienne Herndon was the first woman of color faculty hired by Atlanta University. Her educational legacy of creating the oldest drama program in the country at the university in 1895, and creating her own stage and legacy at the now Herndon Home Mansion Museum, a national landmark built in 1910, are evidence of her dreams of becoming an actress, deferred by the systems of racism, re-imagined. Herndon made Atlanta a regional center for the dramatic arts long before the Woodruff Arts Center. To learn more, visit the Alonzo F. And Norris. B Herndon Foundation website at

About the Atlanta BeltLine:
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most ambitious transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs in the United States. It is a catalytic redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails, jobs and transit along a former 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. The implementation of the BeltLine will be driven by equity, affordability, inclusiveness and sustainability – honoring and protecting the unique history of the neighborhoods that it connects. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments. For more information on the BeltLine, please visit

About Hands On Atlanta

Since 1989, Hands On Atlanta has been the city’s volunteer hub, connecting changemakers to nonprofits and schools in need. From cleaning parks and feeding the homeless, to tutoring students and engaging the corporate community in service, our volunteers are at work every day building a more vibrant city. We believe that everyone has the power to do something good. To learn more or to sign up to volunteer, visit



  • OPENING EVENT – Monday, January 15,20189 a.m. – Noon – MURAL SITE, 1320 White Street, Atlanta, GA 30310.
  • OPEN WORK DAYS – Tuesdays – Saturdays, January 13-31, 2018 – Noon – 4 p.m. – MURAL SITE, 1320 White Street, Atlanta, GA 30310.
  • COMMUNITY UNVEILING EVENT – Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 2 – 5 p.m. – MURAL SITE, 1320 White Street, Atlanta, GA 30310.



Georgia Civil Rights Trail Expands with Dedication of Alonzo Herndon Historical Marker – Press Release

Atlanta, Ga., October 27, 2017 – The Georgia Historical Society unveiled a new historical marker as part of the Georgia Civil Rights Trail this week recognizing Alonzo Herndon, barber, entrepreneur, and founder of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company.

Speakers for the dedication included Vince Dooley, Chairman of the Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators; Dr. Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University; Lonnie C. King, Jr., Atlanta Student Movement veteran; Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilman, District 2; Dr. Sarah Cook, Honors College, Georgia State University; and Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society.

(Representatives from the Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation also attended, from left to right: Program Director, Julissa White Smith; Preservation Fellow, Natasha Lindsey; and Chief Docent for the Herndon Home Museum, Roberta Phillips)

“The epicenter of the civil rights movement was situated in Georgia,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “So it’s appropriate that the Georgia Historical society has created the Georgia Civil Rights Trail as a way to encourage the public to learn more about the vital role that our state and its people played in securing full citizenship for African Americans. It’s a legacy we all share as Georgians. For anytime that one group gains its civil liberties, we all are that much more free.”

“The recognition of this great man is long overdue,” said Lonnie King. “Alonzo Herndon succeeded against all odds and to see him honored by the Georgia Historical Society and the leadership of of Georgia State University is very fitting.”

The Georgia Civil Rights Trail focuses broadly on the economic, social, political, and cultural history of the Civil Rights Movement by guiding audiences to the sites where history happened, inviting them to stand on the ground where struggles and events took place, and providing a foundation upon which to build and cultivate a deeper understanding of the past and its relevance to the present.

The Alonzo Herndon historical marker is located in front of the Georgia State University Honors College at 100 Auburn Avenue.

The historical marker reads:

Alonzo Herndon

Alonzo Herndon was born into slavery in Walton County, Georgia, in 1858. After moving to segregated Atlanta, Herndon opened several barbershops including the upscale Crystal Palace in 1902. In 1905, he purchased a small mutual aid association that eventually became the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Headquartered here on Auburn Avenue, it grew into one of the country’s most successful black-owned businesses. A founding member of the National Business League organized by Booker T. Washington in 1900, and of the Niagara Movement (forerunner of the NAACP) organized by W. E. B. Du Bois in 1905, Herndon became noted for his involvement in and support of local organizations devoted to advancing African-American business and community life. One of Atlanta’s most important twentieth-century entrepreneurs, Herndon died in 1927 and is buried in South-View Cemetery.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, Georgia State University, Atlanta Student Movement Veterans of the 1960s, and District Two, Atlanta City Council



The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) administers Georgia’s historical marker program. Over the past 20 years, GHS has erected over 250 new historical markers across the state on a wide variety of subjects. GHS also maintains the more than 2,100 markers installed by the State of Georgia prior to 1998. Online mapping tools allow users to design driving routes based on historical markers, and a mobile app helps visitors locate and learn about markers nearby.Visit for more ways to use Georgia’s historical markers and experience history where it happened.

Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation.
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Herndon Game Changer Program begins fourth year

Shayla Benson

Marketing Intern

Informative Essay

16 November 2017

“Changing Outlooks, Changing Lives”: Herndon Game Changer Program

Youth outreach is taking the initiative to prepare younger generations to meet the challenges of adulthood and reach their full potential. Through leadership activities, engaging educational programs, youth outreach supports adolescents in developing: (a) the ability to analyze his or her own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and build the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and skills to carry them out (including establishing support networks in order to fully participate in community life and effect positive social change); and (b) the ability to guide or direct others on a course of action, influence the opinions and behaviors of others, and serve as a role model (Wehmeyer, Agran, & Hughes, 1998). A few prominent non- profit organizations who dedicate themselves to this work of social and professional development of young people include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and The Urban League. Amongst those organizations is a burgeoning entrepreneurial training program in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia committed to equipping the next generation of young adults with the tools and practice that has proven to be effective for distinguished leaders and entrepreneurs – the Herndon Game Changer Program.

Founded in 2014, The Herndon Game Changer Program provides high school students in the Atlanta Metropolitan area with a year- round program that trains, educates, and encourages youth to recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures. Meeting one Saturday a month from October to May, Game Changer students are given hands-on exposure and training from prominent CEOs and entrepreneurs in the Atlanta area. In addition to participating in community service, receiving access to a number of local corporate leaders, students are supported through presenting their personal business plans to a live audience of business leaders. As the Game Changers embark on their final year of high school, graduating seniors who have enrolled in college are eligible to receive scholarships to aid with their transition. As its fourth year has commenced, The Herndon Game Changer Program had their 2017- 2018 Program Orientation on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Herndon Home Mansion Museum where students learned about the life and legacy of the Program namesake, Alonzo Franklin Herndon.

Over the Game Changer Programs evolution, students have ranged from 14 to 18 years old, representing cities all across the City of Atlanta – from Douglas to Dekalb.  The highlight of every Game Changers program year is the culminating achievement and graduation ceremony. With student presentations being judged by well- known leaders and entrepreneurs in Atlanta, including Todd Zeldin, President & Founder of ACG Professionals, Amanda Williamson, Designer & Owner of Ennyluap, and Dr. Edward Davis, Dean of Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business, Game Changer students are afforded an opportunity to receive constructive criticism from real- world professionals and practice their presentation and critical thinking skills. Ceremony speakers have included included Keynote Speaker Councilman Kwanza Hall presenting a Proclamation on behalf of the City of Atlanta, declaring June 11, 2016 “Herndon Game Changers Day”, and Attorney Michael Thurmond, who actively engaged the students and inspired them to stay on track in their entrepreneurial journeys. The 2016-2017 class of Herndon Game Changers set a program record when graduating seniors received over $30,000 in scholarship funds to pursue their most ambitious dreams.

This year the Herndon Game Changer Program has continued to grow exponentially, accepting 54 juniors and seniors from 14 different schools in the Metro Atlanta area and the 2017-18 Program year holds an action- packed schedule for each of them. With sessions exploring entrepreneurship,leadership, and public speaking students will be exposed an exceptional opportunity that is few and far between, and specifically molded to produce our generation’s next big thing. The local business community is also engaged, and invited to participate in the program through formal business panels and volunteering alongside students during the annual community service day taking place at the Herndon Home Museum. Apart from the in- depth planning that makes this program possible, it is the community participation that heavily factors into the success of the program. Whether it is the array of volunteer guest speakers, or the community leaders who support the program with a financial investment, they are all doing their part to further the impact of entrepreneurship and continue the lasting legacy of Alonzo F. Herndon, creating the Game Changers of the next generation. The second Herndon Game Changer session for the 2017-2018 program is focused on Entrepreneurial tools and Skills and will take place Saturday, December 16th at the Dean Rusk YMCA. Business owners and entrepreneurs interested in learn more about the program and participating in the annual business panel can reach the Program Director at

Milton J. Little awarded Alonzo F. Herndon Lifetime Achievement Award

On Saturday October 21st, in front of a crowd of over 200 guest and sponsors, Milton J. Little Jr. President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Atlanta accepted the inaugural Alonzo Herndon Lifetime Achievement Award in a powerful speech.

Watch the video to join us as we salute Milton Little, inspirational community leader.