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Upcountry History Museum opens exhibit on Eugenia Duke

Sep 19, 2017 02:36PM ● By Kathleen Maris

A new exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum - Furman University, Eugenia Duke: A Centennial Celebration, examines the woman behind Duke’s Mayonnaise and Duke Sandwich Company. Presented by Duke Brands with contributions by Duke’s Mayonnaise and Southern Living, visitors will have a look at Duke’s life and how she launched one of the most popular brand names in the South at a time when she didn’t have the right to vote.

“Eugenia Duke was a true pioneer, laying the foundation for a company that continues to thrive today,” said Duke Brands President and CEO Andrew Smart. “We hope this exhibit will help to preserve Eugenia’s place in Greenville’s history.”

“Eugenia Duke was a woman ahead of her time,” says Upcountry History Museum - Furman University Chief Executive Officer Dana Thorpe. “To think she launched a business right here in Greenville that continues to have such a following 100 years later is truly amazing. We are thrilled to share her story with our visitors.”

The exhibit comes as Duke Brands and City of Greenville leaders prepare to announce details of a permanent memorial to honor Eugenia Duke in downtown Greenville this fall.

Eugenia Duke: A Centennial Celebration is on display until January 7, 2018 at the Upcountry History Museum - Furman University. The museum, located at 540 Buncombe Street in Greenville, is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday thru Saturday and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm. For more information, visit

About Duke Brands:

Based in Greenville, Duke Brands is a family owned and operated private holding company committed to building on its 100-year history of success in food service and production with a portfolio of brands dedicated to quality and attention to customer service long forgotten. Duke Brands’ portfolio currently includes Duke Foods, one of the top industrial food manufacturers of branded and private label products in the nation, and Duke Sandwich Company, a Greenville tradition since 1917.

About Upcountry History Museum - Furman University:

Founded in 1983 and located at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville, the Museum offers a unique opportunity to meld historical scholarship, educational goals, and memorable experiences to empower the public to understand the value of their stories, forge their individual and group identities, and consider the world from different perspectives.