Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans

Best known for carrying on the legacy of Duke University’s founding family through her commitments and contributions to the community at large, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans emerged as one of the state’s principal philanthropists supporting education and arts programs.

In Biographical Conversations with Mary Semans, embark on a journey through Duke University’s past and present with this influential matriarch as she shares her rich family legacy, life and endeavors to benefit the state. From intimate family stories of her great-grandfather Washington Duke, to exclusive discussions of her own political and philanthropic career, discover the history and heritage of one of North Carolina’s most giving individuals and influential families in three episodes, entitled ‘”Childhood & the Duke Legacy," "Duke University & Marriage," and “Politics & Philanthropy."

Biographical Conversations is supported by a grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.

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