Herman J. Russell Chairman And Founder Of H.J Russell & Company Passes Away At The Age of 83
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H.J Russell & Company Passes Away At The Age of 83
When you look at the Atlanta skyline, today you should note that much of it had the hand of the black man in its design and construction
Herman J. Russell, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who turned a small plastering firm into one of the most successful African-American-owned real estate development and construction companies in America Died Saturday.
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Russell, a lifelong Atlantan who counted among his friends several presidents and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helped shape the city’s skyline and wielded influence far beyond the Capitol of the South.
He bought his first piece of land when he was 16 for $125.
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Along the way, he broke virtually every racial and economic barrier.H.J. Russell & Co. built much of Atlanta’s skyline (often through joint ventures), from the Georgia-Pacific headquarters to the Georgia Dome.
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Business League CEO of the year(1986)
The firm is a partner in the joint venture selected to build the new nearly $1.3 billion Atlanta Falcons stadium, which is slated to open in 2017.
Russell also was the first black member of what was then called the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the second African-American to serve as its president (a title now known as chairman).
Herman J. Russell was the founder and former chief executive officer of H. J. Russell and Company