Joe Hammond

A man of integrity, honesty, humility, and generosity. 

Joe transformed his underprivileged background into a truly motivational life by his dedication to his positive convictions. This stamina gave him an expansive reach into a diversity of experiences while he greatly influenced a wide range of people. Let’s continue to solidify his world of possibilities for Louisville and beyond. HIS LIFE:

Continuing a legacy

1916

Born in Bardstown, Kentucky

1922

St. Peter Claver Catholic School

1935

Moved to Pittsburg to pursue college

1920

Moved to Louisville Kentucky

1934

Graduated St. Mary’s, or Catholic Colored High School, class of 7

1937-1942

Started work for LG&E

1936

Came back to Louisville started working as a life guard at Shepard Park in the summer and Gordon’s Potato Chips in the evening

1943

US Navy, stationed in Trinidad

1944

back to LG&E

1944-1950

Opened and ran his first business a Dry Cleaning Business

1951

Liquor salesman for Jefferson Distributing Company

1944

Married Albertine Haley

1950

Closed Dry Cleaning Business became a police officer

1954

Purchased Dave’s Palm Room at 13th and Magazine, renamed it Joe’s Palm Room

1952-1954

First black salesman at Falls City Brewery

1967

Built a new Joe’s Palm Room at 18th and Jefferson

1979

Sold the business Joe’s Palm Room, maintained ownership of the building

1979-1997

He was heavily involved in business, politics, community and economic development

1997

Joe passed away.

2004

The Joseph and Albertine Hammond Scholarship Fund was created to offer black students scholarships to Bellarmine University

Involved in over 100 real estate transactions

List of businesses he started or was involved in

  • J.B. Hammond Realty

  • Palm Records

  • Continental Bank

  • Louisville Basketball Inc.

  • Court Plaza Associates

  • AIM Corp.

  • Hammond Manufacturing

  • Hammond Development Company

  • 34th and Young Enterprises

  • Catherine Guests and Associates

  • Hammond and Taylor Construction Company

  • Martin De’Porres Charitable Foundation