Established in 1996

Lucius Burch Jr. helped improve the quality of life in this state for all its citizens. At Burch, Porter and Johnson law firm in Memphis, he argued landmark cases, defending Martin Luther King Jr., among others. In addition to his love for the law, Lucius was “mindful of the generations that follow us and their just claim upon this good earth that is our heritage,” as he put it. This Fund was established in his memory by Shirley Caldwell-Patterson, to ensure that his lifelong commitment to the earth became a portion of his legacy.