Soul and Service
This eight-panel exhibition is designed to celebrate the rich history of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company described by its founders as "The Company with a Soul and a Service." Mutual opened its doors for business in 1898, making it the nation's oldest African American–owned insurance company. The exhibition features reproductions from the company's archives, which are jointly held in the special collections of Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the University Archives, Records and History Center of North Carolina Central University. Viewers will get a sense of Mutual's early beginnings in the era of segregation in Durham, North Carolina, its economic growth as a thriving black owned business, and the service it has rendered to generations of African Americans.
"Accounting class for professional development, 1940s" Archival photo detail from a "Soul and Service" panel.