Building a window into history: New York Life and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

New York Life is proud to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help establish a new national institution, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the only national museum of its kind. As a company whose history has been interwoven with our country for 171 years, we are humbled to have played a role in bringing the museum to life.

With more than 36,000 artifacts from four centuries of African-American life in the U.S., the National Museum of African American History and Culture enables visitors from the US and around the world to explore America through the lens of the African American experience. It is a truly moving and transformative achievement that delivers an unparalleled perspective on the American story.

For New York Life, supporting the museum is part of a longstanding commitment to the African American community, something which is intrinsic to who we are as a company and which we have demonstrated time and again in our history.

From consistently acknowledging the role of our predecessor company (the Nautilus Insurance Company) in selling life insurance on slaves from 1846 to 1848 and donating archives from that era to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, to funding impactful initiatives and organizations like the PBS series “Slavery and the Making of America,” the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at CUNY, and Higher Achievement, year after year New York Life has engaged with the African American community in ways true to our values and supportive of the communities we serve. In fact, in 2015 alone we donated more than $3 million to organizations that focus on African American culture and communities.

We are also a recognized employer of choice and leader in diversity and inclusion, providing economic opportunities for African American employees, agents and clients in all 50 states.

We congratulate the museum on its opening and its noble cause of documenting and advancing African American life, history and culture.

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