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Category: African American History

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Webinar Recording Now Available – African Americans in Business: Doing Historical Company Research

Posted by: Natalie Burclaff

The webinar focuses on John Merrick (1859-1919), Co-Founder of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and Alonzo Herndon (1858-1927), Founder of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Both the recording and transcript can be found on the African Americans in Business and Entrepreneurship: A Resource Guide.

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The Tulsa Race Massacre: Relief and the Role of the American Red Cross

Posted by: Natalie Burclaff

One hundred years ago on May 31 and June 1, 1921, mobs of white residents attacked Black residents, homes, and businesses, as well as cultural and public institutions in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, OK, an oil boom city and one of the wealthiest Black communities in the United States. The Red Cross provided critical medical aid and temporary tent housing, and documented the violence in official reports.

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Honoring African Americans: Cornerstones of Economic Development – African American Insurance Companies

Posted by: Natalie Burclaff

Many early African American insurance companies focused on industrial insurance or burial insurance and employed people in the community to sell and administer insurance contracts. Explore our resources related to African American insurance industry, including founders like Aaron McDuffie Moore, John Merrick and Charles Clinton (C.C.) Spaulding.