Experienced oil and gas company executive and philanthropist Duke Ligon heads Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based firm he founded more than four decades ago. Duke Ligon additionally maintains board memberships with a broad range of nonprofit and corporate interests, such as Blueknight Energy Partners, LP.
Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Blueknight Energy Partners was formerly SemGroup Energy Partners. Known for its diversified holdings in a variety of complementary, midstream investments, SemGroup’s core business involvement included the storage, transportation, and terminal handling of liquid asphalt and crude oil. In the late 2000s, SemGroup reconfigured under new ownership with the new Blueknight brand, with the same focus on midstream assets.
Today, Blueknight’s holdings comprise a storage capacity of more than 16.5 million barrels. In addition, it owns hundreds of oil transportation and servicing vehicles and close to 700 miles of pipeline. In 2016 the company announced the acquisition of nine asphalt terminals from Ergon, Inc., for $108.8 million, bringing their total number of terminals to 54.
Mekusukey Oil Company owner and founder Duke Ligon is an experienced attorney and entrepreneur who formerly served as general counsel for Devon Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City. In addition to his work as a businessman and legal professional, Duke Ligon serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA), which annually hosts an event called Art on Tap.
This year’s Art on Tap will take place on Friday, October 6, from 7 to 10 pm. In addition to providing food from a collection of local restaurants, the museum will host live music as well as a roof terrace beer garden, sponsored by Heineken USA.
Guests of Art on Tap will receive access to the OKCMOA gallery, which features European, American, postwar, and contemporary art as well as photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Steichen. Companies and individuals who wish to support the event can do so through tax-deductible donations of between $250 and $1,500.
Through his work as the founder and owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, Oklahoma City resident Duke Ligon has worked for almost 50 years to amass 79,000 net mineral assets in 24 of the United States. In addition to his work as an entrepreneur in the oil and gas sector, Duke Ligon sits on the Board of Directors of the St. Anthony Foundation in Oklahoma City.
The St. Anthony Foundation, formed by a group of Catholic sisters over a century ago, established the first medical care facility in the region in 1899. Today, it continues to provide services to patients with a wide variety of needs. Those who wish to promote the work of the St. Anthony Foundation can do so through the following gift options.
1. Estate gifts. Donors have the option of including St. Anthony as a beneficiary in a will, including through full bequests, percentage of an estate, and residuary clauses.
2. Stock and bond gifts. Noncash donations are accepted by St. Anthony in the form of stocks and bonds. Interested parties must contact the organization via phone, fill out a stock donation form, and contact their personal brokers to complete the transfer.
3. Guardian Angel giving. These gifts can be made in honor of St. Anthony doctors, nurses, and hospital staff whom donors feel deserve recognition for the work they put in to taking care of patients. Those who receive Guardian Angel donations receive special acknowledgment from the organization for their efforts.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based energy executive Duke Ligon currently serves as owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, and as independent director and board chairman of Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. He is also a well-known philanthropist, supporting organizations focused on education, the arts, and the nation’s rich cultural history. Among other board positions, Duke Ligon is a member of the board of directors of the nonprofit Civil War Trust, based in Washington, D.C.
The Civil War Trust is the premier organization concerned with the maintenance, preservation, and promotion of the entire range of Civil War battlefield sites. Among its recent efforts is the Save Appomattox campaign, designed to raise $386,500 to acquire three tracts of land, totaling 74 acres, around Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
On April 9, 1865, Union general Joshua Chamberlain led his troops over this piece of land in the early hours. There, they encountered the last remaining Confederate forces on the field of battle in Virginia, and witnessed General Robert E. Lee raising the white flag of surrender that ended the war.
In the days leading up to his surrender, Lee had see thousands of his troops killed, wounded, or taken prisoner in one blow at Sailor’s Creek. With General Ulysses Grant closing steadily in, Lee hoped to reach Appomattox Station, where he expected fresh rations and a chance to escape. But the Union campfires throughout the area soon showed him the hopelessness of his situation. Lee would surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House.
Attorney and businessman Duke Ligon serves as president and CEO of the company he established more than 40 years ago, Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. The company is among the nation's largest privately held businesses focused on acquiring and managing perpetual mineral resources; it conducts business in Oklahoma and more than 20 other states. Mekusukey maintains offices in Wewoka and in Oklahoma City. Duke Ligon and his staff oversee operations covering approximately 80,000 net mineral acres.