History of the Mosaic Templars of America: Its Founders and Officials

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Aldridge Edward Bush, P. L. Dorman
University of Arkansas Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Social Science - 291 pages
Originally published in 1924 and long out of print, this book tells the story of the Mosaic Templars of America (MTA), a famous black fraternal organization that was founded by two former slaves in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the late-nineteenth century. The organization originally provided illness, death, and burial insurance during an era of segregation when few basic services were available to black people. By 1900 Mosaic Templars' industries grew to include an insurance company, a building and loan association, a publishing company, a business college, a nursing school, and a hospital.
 

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Contents

Introduction
vii
Table of Contents
7
CHAPTER I
11
CHAPTER II
131
CHAPTER III
160
CHAPTER IV
174
CHAPTER V
204
CHAPTER VI
213
CHAPTER VII
222
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Aldridge E. Bush (A. E. Bush) was born in 1894 and died in 1953. He served with the MTA and helped establish the Century Life Insurance Company in Little Rock in 1926. Percy Lipton Dorman (P. L. Dorman) was born in 1876 and died in 1958. Besides working for the MTA, he taught in schools around the state. John William Graves is chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences and professor of history at Henderson State University. He is the author of Town and Country and serves on the advisory board of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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