Building Atlanta: The Story of Herman J. Russell

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From shoeshine business to one of the largest black-owned construction companies in the US

A lot of Atlanta’s most iconic buildings have one iconic businessman behind them - Herman J. Russell. A self-made business, community and civic leader, Russell was born in the Jim Crow era, and yet he built one of the oldest and largest black-owned construction and real estate firms in the country.