N.C. Mutual history featured in upcoming exhibit
The history of Durham-based N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co. will be featured in a new exhibit opening Oct. 24 at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.
Founded by a group of black leaders during segregation, N.C. Mutual is celebrating its 115th anniversary with a series of events this month.
Descendents of three of the founders of the company, John Merrick, Dr. Aaron M. Moore and Charles C. Spaulding, have been involved in the planning of the events, according to a news release.
As part of that series, the company is sponsoring the exhibit, “Soul & Service: The N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co., 115 Years and Counting,” along with the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University.
The exhibit features eight panels of reproductions from the company’s archives, which are jointly held by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke and the University Archives and Records Special Collections at N.C. Central University.
“Exhibit viewers will get a sense of the company’s beginnings in the era of segregation, its economic growth as a thriving business, and the service rendered to generations of African-American families and businesses,” John B. Gartrell, director of the Franklin Research Center and curator of the new exhibit, said in a prepared statement.
The exhibit will run Oct. 24 through Dec. 20 at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, which is at 1317 W. Pettigrew St. in Durham. Parking is available at no charge.
“North Carolina Mutual was born in 1898 out of a heartfelt desire and determination to serve the underserved,” said James H. Speed, Jr., president and CEO of N.C. Mutual. “As a center of influence in the African-American community, our rich history is something we celebrate. We are excited to partner with the Franklin Research Center in these efforts.”
North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. offers a variety of life insurance products through group plans for both large and small organizations and through individual policies.
It provides important financial services through companies and programs such as N.C. Mutual Financial, a funeral funding company providing advance funding to funeral homes, North Carolina Mutual Insurance Agency, an insurance agency providing products from a variety of carriers, and a managing general underwriter that can administer and underwrite traditional group and voluntary benefit products.