Media statement

"We profoundly regret that in the 1840s our predecessor company, Nautilus Insurance Company, insured the lives of slaves for a brief period of time.  While we cannot change our history, our longstanding recognition of it has helped shape our commitment to the African American community.  From donating our records to foster research and understanding of the slavery era to supporting the African American community through programs that have widespread impact, we have worked for years to shine a light on the worst of our nation’s history so it is never repeated."

New York Life has established a microsite that provides an overview of the facts related to our history and our commitments in this area.  We encourage you to review the site for a more complete picture of this issue.  Please visit

For media inquiries, contact:

Kevin Heine

Jason Weinzimer

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