From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Lunderman, Charles J., Jr.

(born: 1922  -  died: 1973) 

The following information was submitted by Mrs. Juanita L. White of Louisville, KY:

Charles J. Lunderman, Jr. was an attorney and judge in Louisville, one of the three founders of an early Black law firm that included his partners Benjamin Shobe and Haywood Banks. Lunderman was the first African American lawyer in the legal department of the City of Louisville. He was also appointed a Jefferson County Quarterly Judge by Louisville Mayor William O. Cowger, serving from 1961-1965.

Lunderman also served as president of the Louisville Branch of the NAACP and helped integrate the city swimming pools and Jefferson County Schools. He was a member of the Jefferson County Clean Air Committee that was formed by residents of the West End and Shively area of Louisville to fight an industrial plant that was daily pumping 11 tons of dust into the air surrounding the communities.

Lunderman was born in Paducah, KY, the son of Charles, Sr. and Loretta C. Bacon Lunderman Spencer Randolph. He was the husband of Mrs. Belma Lunderman McClaskey. He attended Kentucky State University and earned his law degree at Lincoln University in Missouri. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.


  • The Courier-Journal newspaper, February 13, 2009 - Black History Month - Charles J. Lunderman.
  • "Teacher sowed a dream, reaps roses," The Courier-Journal newspaper, January 15, 1998, pp. 1 and A6.
  • Mrs. Juanita L. White telephone conversation with Mrs. Bela D. Lunderman McClaskey of Louisville  on February 27, 2013 and March 4, 2013.

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NKAA Entry: Shobe, Benjamin Franklin
NKAA Entry: Randolph, Loretta Corryne Bacon Lunderman Spencer
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)

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