Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home, the oldest African American owned funeral home in the western region of the U.S., is celebrating 100 years.
They have become known as an exceptional funeral provider, serving thousands of families in their time of need.
In appreciation of the 40,000 families they have served, Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home will host a Gospel Concert, featuring The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, on Friday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., at The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland. The concert will also recognize four generations of families.
Tickets can be reserved at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2266150.
Luthur Hudson established Hudson Funeral Home in 1915 with its original location at 8th and Myrtle streets in West Oakland.
In 1943, Aramis Fouche purchased the business, renaming it Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home. In 1966, he relocated the business to its current location at 3665 Telegraph Ave.
Since the passing of Mr. Fouche in 2001, his widow Aloysia Fouche has preserved the legacy that her husband left behind.
Through the work of Mr. Fouche, the funeral home has become known as a change agent for African Americans in Oakland. His commitment to improving the conditions of the Black community in the Bay Area brought about significant change.
Mr. Fouche co-founded Trans Bay Federal Savings and Loans of San Francisco and the First National Bank of Oakland, which provided financial assistance to the Black community.
During a time when Blacks were denied loans, and had restricted access to jobs and housing, Mr. Fouche lobbied with Assemblyman William Byron Rumford, Sr. to remove the “white-only” clause from home and property deeds, which was successful.
Mr. Fouche also offered pre-need planning and insurance options to ease the financial burden for families burying their loved ones. He used his personal wealth to subsidize families in need, and was an activist for justice and civil rights.
“It is important to keep that history present so that we can realize and appreciate where we are,” said Mrs. Fouche, reflecting on her husband’s legacy.
Under Mrs. Fouche’s leadership, the funeral home continues to provide outstanding service to families and support the community through health fairs, donor drives and community forums.
Mrs. Fouche was recently recognized with the Living Legend Award from 100 Black Women in Funeral Service, as well as the Trailblazer for Distinguished Achievement in Funeral Service award from Matthews International.
This year, she also founded the Fouche Foundation Fund to assist individuals pursuing a vocation or entrepreneurial venture.
Much of what Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home does is about serving the living as well as loved ones lost, said Mrs. Fouche.