Mission Statement

The Hugo Black Digital Library is a free, online resource illuminating the life and times of Hugo L. Black, former Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The website is sponsored and operated by the Hugo Black Memorial Library Fund, a not-for-profit, charitable organization working to advance public understanding of the importance of the U.S. Constitution and individual rights along with their historical development by illuminating the life and opinions of Justice Black.

Hugo Black Fund

Today the Hugo Black Fund (as the organization operates with a shortened name) is an all-volunteer organization. Contributions are tax-deductible. See “IRS Determination Letter” here.

Board of Directors

The current board of directors of the Hugo Black Fund include the following persons (professional and organizational listings for identification only):

Henry Agee, Nashville

Henry is an attorney who practices tax and estate law in Tennessee and Alabama and serves as legal counsel for numerous foundations.

William Hereford, Pell City

William is a senior circuit judge who served on the bench in St. Clair County and is currently an active community volunteer serving on several civic and nonprofit boards.

Wallace Lyons, Centre

Wallace is the senior certified public accountant with the firm of Lyons & Morgan, CPA, and is a civic and community leader in Centre.

Guin Robinson, Birmingham

Guin is the Dean of Economic Affairs at Jefferson State Community College and serves the community as a member of numerous professional, foundation and civic boards.

John Rochester, Ashland

John is a retired circuit judge who served on the bench in Clay and Coosa Counties and continues to preside over cases throughout the state by special assignment.

Linda Rochester, Ashland

Linda, a retired social worker, serves as Choir Director for the First United Methodist Church of Ashland and is completing a book on the life of Clay County’s most famous fortune teller.

Bruce Sims, Lineville

Bruce, a military veteran, is a quality engineer at GKN Aerospace and serves as a member of the Clay County Board of Education.

Steve Suitts, Atlanta

Steve is an adjunct lecturer at the Institute for Liberal Arts of Emory University and is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles.

Lynda Kay Walker, St Pete Beach

Lyn, an attorney, serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Tax Council and Tax Policy Institute headquartered in Washington DC, and has served on several foundation and professional boards.


The Hugo Black Fund wishes to acknowledge and express its appreciation for the invaluable assistance of the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship of Emory University in designing and developing this website. The Fund especially wishes to recognize Allen Tullos, the Center’s co-director, and Chris Adamson, the Center’s Graduate Student Coordinator Fellow, for their contributions and assistance.