Ads in southern newspapers began appearing. Within 3 years, over 500 policies had been sold. New York Life kept their ledger books and records of these slave life insurance polices. When the books were discovered, company turned over the names of slaves and slaveholders as required by law and donated several of the accounting books to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where they are available to the public. The company stored the rest in a private corporate archive. Other life insurance companies also sold policies that covered the lives of slaves but their records have not been found.
The New York Times has the full story at Insurance Policies on Slaves: New YorkLife’s Complicated Past
Image 1 Charleston Courier (Charleston, South Carolina). Monday, February 3, 1845
Image 2 Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia) Tuesday, October 2, 1849.