Benjamin N. Duke, Marble Bust
The Library received this marble bust in 1928, when the building was known as the Woman's College Library. The Duke family donated the bust on the occasion of Benjamin N. Duke's seventy-third birthday. Dr. R. L. Flowers unveiled the bust at a ceremony held in the library and noted that Duke University was pausing to celebrate the birthday of "the man who has probably meant more to [the University] than any other, Benjamin N. Duke." On the same day, Duke students sent a telegram to Duke in New York, expressing their gratitude for his contributions to the school. More information on Benjamin Duke can be found in the article "Remembering Ben Duke", by University Archivist, William E. King. This sculpture is located on a shelf in the center of the Reference Room (room 105 on the first floor).
Although the identity of the artist is not conclusive, it is believed that sculptor Charles Keck carved the marble bust. He also formed bronze busts of Benjamin N. Duke and other members of the family. Charles Keck (1875-1951) was born in New York City and studied at the American Academy in Rome. His many works are exhibited nationwide.
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