Acknowledging our past: New York Life and slavery
As a 171 year-old company, New York Life’s history is interwoven with the imperfections of our nation’s history, including the practice of slavery. We profoundly regret that our predecessor company, the Nautilus Insurance Company, sold policies on the lives of slaves for a brief period between 1846 -1848. We have been open and transparent about this period of our company’s history, with the Nautilus sale of slave policies covered in detail in books about the company dating as far back as 1895.
These pages present the facts about our company’s link to the slavery era and the actions we have consistently taken to support the African American community. They also highlight how New York Life has worked for years to shine a light on the worst of our nation’s history so it is never repeated.