Huntington, WV Black History

Cheryl Henderson

Municipal Court Judge

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, completing a bachelor’s degree in English. She returned to West Virginia to attend West Virginia University 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 as the City of Huntington’s municipal court judge by Mayor Steve Williams.  She was the first Black woman to hold this position. Her sister, Gail Henderson-Staples, took her place in 2021.

Henderson is a member of the Mountain State Bar Association, serving as past president and is still treasurer. 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 other Black women that was dedicated to buying and reading books by Black authors – the Black Swans.  At its height, there were 15 members.

 

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