Daily Archive: September 24, 2011

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    ‘Xernona Clayton Way’

    By KENYA KING (www.atlantadailyworld.com)Just 10 days after her 81st birthday, Xernona Clayton received a gift of a lifetime, becoming the first African- American woman to have…

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    Herndon Home Centennial

    By Special to the Daily WorldThe Herndon Foundation paid tribute to the legacy of the Herndon Home and to the Herndon family with a Centennial Celebration on Sunday, Sept.11, at the Atlanta History Center. The home celebrates its 101st anniversary this year. Honorary chairpersons for the gala occasion included Herman Russell, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Ingrid Saunders Jones. Entertainment for the evening’s festive event included excerpts from the opera, “The Herndons,” which was written and produced by Sharon J. Willis. The wedding scene from the opera was performed by members of the Americolor Opera Alliance. Roberta Phillips, the principal docent and museum manager, delivered special excepts from the historical tours that she provides at the Herndon Home. The Herndon Foundation presented its Legacy Award to Dr. Edward D. Irons, chairman emeritus of the Herndon Foundation. “The Herndon Foundation is the guardian of the Herndon Legacy. “It is our privilege and responsibility to perpetuate Mr. Herndon’s entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic legacy throughout the Atlanta community and across these United States,” says William J. Stanley III, chairman of the Herndon Foundation. “At this critical juncture when African Americans are seeking mentors and role models, Alonzo Herndon’s life work is exemplary. It is a beacon which continues to call us to service a century later. It compels Black men and women of every age to become inspired by Mr. Herndon’s accomplishments. It encourages us to emulate his business prowess and commitment to the community.” The Herndon Home, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000, is one of those historic properties in America that gained exceptional value for its unique heritage as a great American home. This family mansion of Alonzo Franklin Herndon built in 1910 is located on Diamond Hill at one of the highest elevations on the Westside of Atlanta. The house was designed primarily by Adrienne Herndon, wife of Alonzo, and was built exclusively by Black craftsmen. The two-story 15-room house,