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Duke Ligon

Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum Educates through Play

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Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum

Duke Ligon, a noted energy sector executive and philanthropist in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, area, serves on the boards of directors of oil and gas companies such as Blueknight Energy Partners and Emerald Oil. He also supports the efforts of a wide range of nonprofit and arts organizations both in and beyond Oklahoma City, including the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole. Thanks to the efforts of Duke Ligon and other donors, the museum is able to offer a variety of award-winning, interactive experiences for children and their families.

The Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum is home to imaginative, STEM-oriented exhibitions, including a make-believe town that lets children engage in play related to numerous jobs and careers in the adult world. There is even a make-believe surgical facility that features real film footage of medical procedures.

Melvin Moran, CEO of Moran Oil Enterprises, and his wife, Jasmine, established the museum more than 20 years ago, based on their vision of playing to learn in a colorful and engaging “Kid Town.” The couple, longtime Seminole residents and philanthropists, had seen a children’s museum on a visit to Michigan and wanted to bring the same experiences to the children in their community.

Today, young visitors to the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum can fight fires, fly an airplane, work in a hospital, go to court, or take a break from “work” by clambering around in the five-mile-long climbing maze.


Sister’s Fund Offers Prescription Aid for St. Anthony Hospital Patient


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Sister’s Fund

Duke Ligon founded Mekusukey Oil Company in 1970 and led the Oklahoma City company to become one of the largest private mineral owners in the country with more than 79,000 net minerals across more than 450 countries. Beyond his professional obligations, Duke Ligon serves as a member of the board of directors for the St. Anthony Foundation. The St. Anthony Foundation maintains several projects, including the Sister’s Fund.

The Sister’s Fund supports patients of St. Anthony Hospital and provides free prescription medication services to individuals receiving healthcare from the hospital. Donations to the fund help patients experiencing financial difficulties that prevent them from affording essential prescription medication. In addition, the fund offers short-term aid by connecting patients with other community resources.

Donors can choose to send one-time monetary gifts of any amount they choose or set up monthly gifts by selecting the Sister’s Fund as the gift designation on the online donation page. The minimum amount to fund a prescription for a needy patient is $20.

For more information about the Sister’s Fund and other St. Anthony Foundation projects, visit

The Destabilizing Force of the 1973 Oil Embargo

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1973 Oil Embargo

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based energy executive and attorney Duke Ligon has built up a distinguished career as counsel, founder, or board member of a wide range of oil and gas companies in his region. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he has served his alma mater as an advisor to its Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business. As part of his long career in the industry, Duke Ligon oversaw operations for an oil importing program associated with the White House Energy Policy Office and the federal Oil Policy Committee before and during the days of the global embargo that began in 1973.

The embargo came about after members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) chose to retaliate for the United States’ support of Israel during the Arab-Israeli War. OPEC’s membership consisted then, as it does now, of a number of the oil-exporting nations of the Middle East. In addition to forbidding petroleum exports to the United States, OPEC members banned countries such as the Netherlands, which had also given support to Israel, from receiving their oil supplies. In addition to these prohibitions, exporters elected to introduce cuts in the amount of oil they produced for world markets.

By that time, the American economy had become increasingly dependent upon the importation of foreign-produced petroleum products, and the embargo only exacerbated that situation. By the time the embargo ended in early 1974, American gas prices had more than doubled.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art Announces New Saint John’s Bible Exhibit

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Saint John’s Bible Exhibit

Duke Ligon maintains a position on several directorial boards for community organizations and agencies in the oil and energy industry. Furthermore, Duke Ligon serves as an officer on the board of trustees for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA), which will open Sacred Words, an exhibit on the Saint John’s Bible and the Art of Illumination, in October 2016.

Featuring a collection of 70 folio pieces from the Saint John’s Bible, Scared Words will include a number of original, unbound illuminated manuscripts on calfskin vellum, in addition to sketches, tools, and drawings used to create it. It will display all 73 books of the New and Old Testament presented through seven volumes of approximately 1,150 pages. The museum will also incorporate a selection of historical documents and illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Hours, Torah scrolls, and Quran pages. Additionally, the first monumental-sized Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era will serve as the exhibit’s centerpiece.

Queen Elizabeth Crown scribe and calligrapher Donald Jackson directed the creation of the Saint John’s Bible with the help of 23 artists, scribes, and assistants. A committee of scholars, artists, and theologians from the Minnesota-based Saint John’s University also provided guidance for theological aspects of the project. The Bible also incorporates a number of its medieval predecessor characteristics that include gold-leaf gilding, natural inks, and hand-ground pigments.

The Sacred Words exhibit will open to the public on October 15, 2016, and run until January 8, 2017.