Washington Duke

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This statue commemorates the patriarch of the Duke family. It was unveiled during the commencement ceremony in 1908, making this statue the longest-standing on Duke's campus. There was no formal mechanism for placing statues on campus until 1995, and so the sponsors of the statue chose a site on what is now East Campus "on account of the interest taken by Mr. Duke in the welfare and progress of this institution of learning."


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