Pop-up exhibit focuses on history of Durham’s N.C. Mutual

May. 16, 2013 @ 07:46 PM

A pop-up exhibit focused on the history of Durham-based N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co. will be held Sunday at the Durham History Hub.

The free, public exhibit is sponsored by the company in anticipation of its 115-year anniversary, along with the Museum of Durham History.

The sponsors have invited people with a connection to the company to bring memorabilia and tell stories.

In addition, there are slated to be Duke University and N.C. Central University archivists with items from the collection of materials that the company transferred to the universities in 2009.

The collection highlights the historic role the company has played locally and nationally in African American commerce.

The exhibit is one of a series of events celebrating North Carolina Mutual’s 115th anniversary.

The year-long recognition of the company’s storied history will culminate in a week of celebrations and special events in October.

Descendants of the three founders of the company - John Merrick, Dr. Aaron M. Moore and Charles C. Spaulding - will be involved in the celebration planning and the events themselves.

“North Carolina Mutual was born in 1898 out of a heartfelt desire and determination to serve the underserved,” said James H. Speed, Jr., N.C. Mutual’s president and CEO, in a statement. “As a center of influence in the African American community, our rich history is something we celebrate. At the same time, we continue to grow and build on the strong foundation of our legacy.”

The insurance company offers group plans and individual policies, and also provides financial services through companies and programs.

The nonprofit Museum of Durham History is a Durham-history focused museum housed at the History Hub. It’s slated to open for regular hours after a grand opening Oct. 12.

Sunday’s exhibit will be open to the public from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 500 W. Main St.