Civil War Trust Promotes Video Honoring the Brave 54th Massachusetts

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The Civil War Trust
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Duke Ligon, currently head of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, serves on the boards of directors of other energy companies in the region, including Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. Additionally, Duke Ligon is an active and committed philanthropist, supporting numerous nonprofit organizations as a board member, donor, and fundraiser.

Among these is the Washington, D.C.-based Civil War Trust, dedicated to preserving the heritage of Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefield sites for the education of future generations. The trust’s work includes the public education efforts of its website, which offers links to vivid virtual history lessons that include a short video on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. This company was made famous through the Oscar-winning 1989 film Glory.

The 54th was among the United States’ first African-American military companies. Although the war had begun in 1860, and supporters of abolition had argued for the inclusion of African-American troops on the Union side, it was not until 1863 that such a unit was allowed to form.

More than 1,000 black soldiers, many from slave states, quickly signed up to serve. Two of the sons of abolitionist Frederick Douglass served in the company. Under the command of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the 54th charged the Confederate base at Fort Wagner on the Port of Charleston. Tragically, they were overwhelmed and saw half their number killed, including Shaw. But this brave assault weakened the Confederates to such an extent that they soon abandoned the fort.v

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Information about the Isaiah Stone Foundation

 

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Isaiah Stone Foundation
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Duke Ligon is an attorney and business leader in Oklahoma City. The manager and owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon also sits on the board of the Heritage Trust, an independent trust bank that supports many nonprofit organizations, including the Isaiah Stone Foundation.

The Isaiah Stone Foundation provides support and resources for families of the 400,000 children who have epilepsy in the United States. Epilepsy is a neurological condition that typically causes recurrent seizures.

More than 40 types of seizures are associated with epilepsy, and seizure types vary among epilepsy patients. Seizures range from simply “zoning out” to violent thrashing and stiffness of muscles.

Medical advancements have done little to increase the understanding of epilepsy, so its causes and potential cures remain unknown. Currently, five percent of children born in the United States are diagnosed with epilepsy before they reach the age of 5. To support the families of children with epilepsy through the Isiah Stone Foundation, visit www.isaiahstonefoundation.com.

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The KBH Energy Center’s Energy Management Program

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KBH Energy Center
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The founder and leader of Oklahoma City’s Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon is an attorney with experience in the energy sector. A resident of Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon also serves as a cochair of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business (KBH Energy Center).

Cofounded by the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and School of Law, the KBH Energy Center offers a range of courses to undergraduate and postgraduate law and business students, including its Energy Management Program. This program, available to undergraduate business students, focuses on technological advances in various areas of the energy sector, such as deep-water initiatives and wind power.

The Energy Management Program aims to equip students with the leadership tools they will need to meet the challenges presented by the ever-evolving energy sector. Participants study geoscience, business, law, and petroleum operations, in addition to undertaking elective coursework modules that focus on topics including alternative energy, sustainable development, and energy trading.