• Oklahoma’s New Bison License Plate Helps Conservation Charity

      Oklahoma City energy company executive Duke Ligon founded Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, nearly 50 years ago and continues to direct its operations. In addition, Duke Ligon dedicates his time to serve as a board member for a range of other oil and natural gas concerns, including Blueknight Energy Partners and Panhandle Oil and Gas. 

    Mr. Ligon’s philanthropic contributions include board memberships with groups such as the Oklahoma branch of The Nature Conservancy, an organization that devotes its efforts to preserving and sustaining a variety of natural habitats and wilderness areas. In 2016, the group announced its promotion of a new customized Oklahoma state automobile license plate with a majestic depiction of a bison. 

    Supporters were placing orders for the plates from November 2016 through the summer of 2017. Sales will support The Nature Conservancy’s work in Oklahoma, a state known for the large herds of bison that once roamed its plains. A portion of the price will continue to benefit The Nature Conservancy each time a license plate holder submits an annual renewal.

  • 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.

  • Civil War Trust Saves Fort Ann Battlefield from Mine Construction

      Based in Oklahoma City, Mekusukey Oil Company founder and owner Duke Ligon is an experienced attorney and businessman who serves as a member of the boards of Blueknight Energy Partners and Heritage Trust Company. Outside of his advisory positions with public and closely held firms, Duke Ligon also serves on the boards of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the Civil War Trust.

    According to a recent article published by the Times Union, the Civil War Trust has announced its intention to preserve the site of the Battle of Fort Ann, a parcel of 160 acres in eastern New York. The battle took place just over a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and delayed British General John Burgoyne and his troops long enough to tilt the outcome of the famed Battle of Saratoga in the Americans’ favor three months afterward.

    The Civil War Trust bought Fort Ann from a private owner, protecting it from the construction of a proposed granite and topsoil mine. It was purchased along with another battle site to the north near Sackets Harbor for a total of $1.01 million.

  • 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.

  • Medieval Jerusalem

    Duke Ligon, an attorney and energy industry entrepreneur, heads Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, which maintains offices in the Oklahoma City region. An active board member with for-profit energy corporations, Duke Ligon also provides leadership to such nonprofit organizations as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on whose Major Gifts Committee he sits.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located on Fifth Avenue in New York City, is the United States’ largest art museum. Among its exhibitions is “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven,” which is running from September of 2016 through January of 2017.

    The exhibit showcases the artistic vibrancy of the medieval holy city during a time when people of a multitude of faiths and cultures called it home. The artwork on display comes from a diverse group of religious communities, some of whom have never before allowed their cultural treasures to be displayed outside of Jerusalem.

    The catalog of fascinating objects on view includes gilded reliquaries, illuminated manuscripts, astronomical instruments, and sumptuously illustrated religious texts from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths.