As the oldest daughter of nationally known civil rights lawyer, Herbert H. Henderson, there was little doubt that Cheryl Henderson would become a lawyer. After graduating from Huntington High School, she attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN, completing a bachelor’s degree in English. She returned to WV to attend WV Law School in Morgantown and graduated in 1980. After graduation she went to work at the Department of Commerce in the Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. for two years. She came back to Huntington in 1982 and went to work in her father’s law office, specializing in domestic relations and working there until her retirement in 2020.
In May of 2015, she was appointed Municipal Court Judge by Mayor Steve Williams. She was the first African American woman to hold this position.
Cheryl is a member of the Mountain State Bar, serving as past president and is still treasurer of the group. She belongs to the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and served as member and basileus of Huntington’s Beta Tau Omega Chapter.
In 2000 she started a book club with black women dedicated to buying and reading books by black authors – the Black Swans. At its height there were 15 members.
Even in her retirement Cheryl still loves to shop and travel. She is always on the go.