Hudson (Luther M.) Papers

Hudson Funeral Home building
Hudson's Funeral Home postcard, undated, Luther M. Hudson papers, MS 57, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Funeral director Luther M. Hudson (1882-1972) was born on November 9, 1882 in Henry County, Missouri the youngest of seven children to Coleman C. and Martha Hudson. He was one of the original founders of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, the largest black-owned insurance company in the western United States, contributing $15,000 to help it secure an insurance license in 1925 and served on the company’s board of directors until his death in 1972. Hudson owned and operated the Hudson Funeral Home for 29 years until the failing health of his wife forced him to sell the funeral home to Aramis Fouche in 1943 and move to Los Angeles, California.

The Luther M. Hudson Papers include photographs, postcards, certificate of marriage, correspondence, funeral service program and guestbook, and newspaper clippings documenting the life and career of funeral home director Luther Hudson.

Dates: 1900-1986
Collection number: MS 57
Creator: Hudson, Luther M.
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box + 1 oversized box)

Guide to the Luther M. Hudson Papers

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