Durham to take historic look at local company’s role in Africa

May 18, 2013 by  

An exhibit at the Durham History Hub tomorrow will preview the grand opening of the Museum of Durham History in October.

Sunday’s pop-up event, sponsored by N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co. and based in Durham, will underscores the historic part it played in relation to African American commerce both locally and nationally.

People connected with the company will be there, bringing memorabilia to relay personal stories of their involvement with the company. Also in attendance will be archivists from N. C. Central University and Duke University, carrying items the company transferred over to them in 2009. Among the things to look for will be any changes to the company’s logo, slogan, and stationery printing through the years.

The company’s year-long celebration culminates in a special week of events this October. Central to the planning of those events are descendants of the company’s three founders – Dr. Aaron M. Moore, John Merrick, and Charles C. Spaulding.

Current N.C. Mutual president and CEO, James H. Speed Jr. issued the following statement, with regard to the company’s history:

“As a center of influence in the African American community, our rich history is something we celebrate.”

North Carolina Mutual was founded in 1898 and the Durham History Hub exhibit is only one of several events planned to commemorate its 115th anniversary. The exhibit is to be held from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm tomorrow and is free and open to the public. The location of the Durham History Hub is 500 W. Main Street.