A series of portraits on the former Atlanta Life Insurance Company buildings are providing a peek into the company‚Äôs legacy and that of the Atlanta‚Äôs historic Sweet Auburn district.¬†
The project, called Windows Speak, are the first in a series of events and exhibitions presented by Sweet Auburn Works about life on Auburn Avenue, according to a news release about the project. Sweet Auburn Works, or SAW, is a non-profit, community-based economic organization that focuses on revitalizing the Sweet Auburn Historic District while preserving its history.
The exhibit will be a permanent fixture on the historic buildings, which housed the business offices of Atlanta Life Insurance from 1920 to 1980. The building sits in the heart of the district.¬†
Many of the windows feature executives from the company, including entrepreneur, founder and president Alonzo Franklin Herndon. Herndon became Atlanta‚Äôs first African-American self-made millionaire and ran the company from its inception in 1905 to 1927, according to the release.¬†
Civil rights activist Jesse Hill Jr., who served as president and chairman of the board, will also be featured on the building.¬†
Other prominent company figures featured on the buildings are Herndon‚Äôs son Norris Bumstead Herndon, who served as president; Alonzo‚Äôs wife and actress Adrienne Herndon; Edward L. Simon, former chairman of the board and auditor; and Henrietta Antoinin, former vice president of public relations.¬†
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