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Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Company Collections


Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Company Collections


Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Company
Wright, William H.
Hall, Henry E.
Doss, Arthur Douglass
Hankins, Junius E.
Price, Julius Sr.
African American business enterprises
Louisville (Ky.)
Insurance companies


Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance, Co. (1915-1992) was one of the largest Black-owned and operated companies in Kentucky's history. Four individuals founded Mammoth Life during the "Golden Age of Black Business" in Louisville, Kentucky: B.O. Wilkerson, Rochelle I. Smith, William H. Wright, and Henry E. Hall. By 1928, Mammoth Life opened district offices in seven neighboring states: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The corporation was central to the Black community for decades, especially during the height of racial segregation. In 1992, Atlanta Life Insurance bought out Mammoth Life, another Black-owned business headquartered in Georgia. By 1994, Atlanta Life closed down the flagship Louisville district office.

This collection contains black and white photographs, newspaper clippings, and pastel portraits of former presidents ranging from ca. 1915-1980.

Please note that the Filson Historical Society does not have insurance policy records for Mammoth Life. Requests for their insurance policy records should be made to Kemper Life Insurance Company at 1-800-777-8467.


Harris Brothers (Photography Studio)
The Louisville Defender
The Louisville Leader
Jurige, Samuel


The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky


circa 1915-1980


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