From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Company

A Louisville-based company, Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Company was Kentucky's largest African American-owned business, with offices in Lexington and other cities. It was the 80th largest insurance company owned by African Americans in the United States. The main office was located in the 600 block of Walnut Street in Louisville.

The company founders were B. O. Wilkerson, Rochelle I. Smith, William H. Wright, and Henry E. Hall. The company had as many as 750 employees and assets of 30 million dollars. Policies were sold in eight states.

In 1992, the company merged with Atlanta Life and the Kentucky offices were closed.

For a more detailed history see the "Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Company" entry in The Encyclopedia of Louisville, by J. E. Kleber; Mammoth Life reference files at the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center; and J. Jordan, "A Mammoth achievement," Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/16/2004.

See the NKAA entry for Henry E. Hall for additional information.

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