Florida's First African-American Insurance Company—1901-2001

Florida's First African-American Insurance Company—1901-2001 (HM14I8)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32202 Duval County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 19.92', W 81° 39.285'

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The Afro-American Insurance Company, formerly the Afro-American Industrial and Benefits Association, was founded in 1901 to provide affordable health insurance and death benefits to the state's African-Americans. Founded by the Reverend E.J. Gregg, E.W. Latson, Abraham Lincoln Lewis, A.W. Price, Dr. Arthur W. Smith, J.F. Valentine, and the Reverend J. Melton Waldron, the Afro's first office at 14 Ocean Street was destroyed by the great Jacksonville Fire two months after it opened on May 3, 1901. It then moved to 621 Florida Avenue, the home of treasurer and future president, Abraham Lincoln
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Lewis (1865-1947). From their next home office at 105 E. Union Street, the company wrote millions of dollars of insurance policies and started district offices in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. Lewis formed the African-American Pension Bureau and in 1935, land was purchased on Amelia Island for the black resort called American Beach. On April 22, 1956, the company dedicated its new, million-dollar building at Ocean and Union Street. After over 80 years of serving black southerners, the company closed on July 17, 1987. The 11th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church owns the building.

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HM NumberHM14I8
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Marker NumberF-436
Year Placed2001
Placed ByA. L. Lewis Historical Society and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 11:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 437061 N 3355756
Decimal Degrees30.33200000, -81.65475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 19.92', W 81° 39.285'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 19' 55.20" N, 81° 39' 17.10" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 E Union St, Jacksonville FL 32202, US
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