Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Florida's First African-American Insurance Company--1901-2001
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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.
Location. 30° 19.92′ N, 81° 39.285′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on E Union Street near Ocean Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 E Union Street, Jacksonville FL 32202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Site of the Forty-Ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1914 United Confederate Veterans Reunion (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Monument to Women of the Southern Confederacy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seminole War Blockhouse Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Florida Pharmacy Association (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Memorial 1861-1865 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jacksonville's 1901 Fire (approx. 0.3 miles away); "The Great Endurance Run" (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jacksonville.
Regarding Florida's First African-American Insurance Company--1901-2001. The Afro-American Life Insurance Company
was a historic business based in Jacksonville, Florida. It was founded in 1901 by Abraham Lincoln Lewis and his business associates. Up until the creation of
The company is responsible for the creation of American Beach in Nassau County, Florida.
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce •
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