The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

John Merrick

John Merrick, president and founder, 1909

John Merrick, President and Founder, 1909.

Founder and president of NC Mutual, John Merrick, was born into slavery in Clinton, North Carolina in 1859. Shortly following emancipation, Merrick rigorously pursued education that would lead to a lifelong career in business and successful entrepeneurship. Working from a young age to support his family, Merrick first worked as a brick mason and barber. Stemming from these early experiences, his first successful business was a barbershop in Durham, North Caroilna. This success propelled him into the business world and laid the foundations for his successful collaborations in developing NC Mutual.