Mike Burke

First Black Man on Florida’s Supreme Court has Died


The first Black man to serve on the Florida Supreme court has died. The court announced Saturday that Joseph W. Hatchett died in Tallahassee. He was 88.

In 1979, then-President Jimmy Carter named Hatchett to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hatchett graduated from Florida A&M University in 1954, then earned his law degree in 1959 from the Howard University School of Law.