Afro-American Mutual Insurance Company 

African American
412 E. 2nd St.
The Afro-American Mutual Insurance Company was a successful business founded by Thad Tate. As noted in the commemorative book Colored Charlotte, the company guaranteed that "[a]n Afro-American policy, by an Afro-American agent, made by Afro-American clerks, on an Afro-American husband[,] an Afro-American wife, or an Afro-American child, makes an Afro-American home independent in the hours of sickness or death." This motto of self-reliance in the African American community was on trend with national black leaders who suggested economic self-sufficiency as a means to progress in the harsh landscape of the Jim Crow South.

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Works Cited:

Hanchett, Thomas W. Sorting Out the New South City : Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Print.

Watson, C. H. Colored Charlotte: Published in Connection with the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Freedom of the Negro in the County of Mecklenburg and the City of Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte, NC: AME Zion Publishing Company, 1915. Print.