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McCoy, A. H., 1903-1970

Biography:

Dr. A. H. McCoy was a prominent dentist, entrepreneur and civil rights activist in Jackson, Mississippi. Born on June 10, 1903 into a wealthy African American family, McCoy attended Tougaloo College and Meharry Medical College before returning to his hometown of Jackson to open a dental practice. A successful businessman, McCoy built and operated two African American theatres in Jackson and founded Security Life Insurance Company of the South in 1938. In addition to his numerous business ventures, McCoy worked tirelessly to promote equal rights for local African Americans and served as both a board member and president of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP during the 1950s. McCoy died in 1970 and was honored fifteen years later when the A. H. McCoy Federal Building became the first federal building in the United States to bear the name of an African American.

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