ADDRESS* DELIVERED AT THE CELEBRATION OF THE EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DUKE ENDOWMENT CHARLOTTE, N. C.
DECEMBER 11, 1932
North Carolina pauses gratefully today to contemplate the philanthropies of James B. Duke. Rockefeller and Carnegie alone exceeded him in public benefactions. Our people could be neither just nor fairminded were they to forget or fail to appreciate what this man has done for the good of our Commonwealth.
Duke was an empire builder. His name was well known in all the markets of the world. Although he held no public office, he sent his ambassadors of commerce to the ends of the earth. And yet, at the zenith of his power he remembered the place of his birth. I can hear him say in the evening of his life: "Let me look at the rock from whence I was hewn." North Carolina, which had contributed him to the world and furnished him the stage upon which many of his dreams were realized, received the major legacies from his hands for its social, intellectual, and humanitarian enrichment.
I would not presume to tell you in detail what the Duke Endowment has done for our people. Many of you are better equipped to tell the story. It is my purpose, however, to discuss the manner in which this man gave his millions and to analyze the spirit and meaning of what he has done in North Carolina.
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