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Golden Circle Life Insurance Company
39 S. Jackson Ave.

Charles Allen Rawls, a Haywood County mortician who believed that African Americans should help struggling families living in black farm communities in West Tennessee, established the Golden Circle Life Insurance Company in 1950.  Money collected was used to insure individuals and provide loans to help save farms and homes in need. In 1958, the Department of Insurance and Banking suggested that the group convert to an Old Line Legal Reserve Stock Life Insurance Company.  The capital generated allowed them to open offices in Brownsville, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. The company is a thriving business today.  According to Black Enterprise magazine in June 1996, Golden Circle ranked ninth among the top ten black-owned insurance companies in America. Cynthia Rawls Bond is former president and CEO of the company and is currently President of Rawls Funeral Home. The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators has given Bond the Avon N. Williams Jr. Living Legend Award.

Jefferson Street Commercial District