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Duke Ligon
  • Campaign 1776 Working to Preserve National Revolutionary Battlegrounds

    Oil and gas industry executive and philanthropist Duke Ligon supports a variety of charitable causes in the Oklahoma City community and throughout the country. He is an active supporter of such groups as the Civil War Trust, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Nature Conservancy. Thanks to Duke Ligon and other members of its board of directors, the Civil War Trust has expanded its capacities to acquire historically significant battlegrounds and offer informative and educational programming. 

    Among its important subsidiary efforts, the Civil War Trust leads a project called Campaign 1776. This program works to preserve battlefields associated with the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. In tribute to those who gave their lives in the service of their country, the trust hopes to ensure continued access to these sites for succeeding generations and to continue to preserve these events for the sake of public education.

    The Civil War Trust’s involvement in the preservation of Revolutionary War-era battlefields came about only a few years ago, when National Park Service officials approached the organization’s leadership with information about the lands’ risk of being eradicated. In partnership with members and historians, the trust got to work to expand its mission and its funding. 

    Among the trust’s educational materials associated with Campaign 1776 is a series of video maps with historic narration, available to the public on its website.

  • Heritage Trust's 2015 Merger with Argent

     


    Oklahoma City resident Duke Ligon founded Mekusukey Oil Company, where he serves as owner, manager, and attorney. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Duke Ligon maintains involvement with Heritage Trust Company as a board member.

    Founded by a group of trust officers and customers, Heritage Trust is a privately owned independent trust bank. It was established to provide an alternative to high-end bank trust departments. The company is focused on providing fiduciary services as well as personalized wealth management and counsel for clients in various industries, including oil and gas management, real estate management, and investment management. 

    Following its merger with Argent Financial Group in 2015, the company now is the largest privately held trust-based wealth management firm in the South. With 24 offices in 12 states, including locations in Oklahoma City and Ponca City, Oklahoma, it serves both US and international clients.