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for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 52 Issue 2, April 1975
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This article investigates the nature of orphanages in colonial North Carolina using Edgecombe County as a case study. A prominent issue was the lack of close supervision of guardians who often embezzled from orphans' estates or neglected orphans' educations. In other cases, orphans had no estates and were apprenticed to masters to learn a trade. While there were advantages to those orphans who had estates, treatment of the children varied with the guardian or master.
In 1890, Washington Duke financed Trinity College's move from Randolph County to Durham. When the college fell into financial difficulty in 1892, Duke's son, Benjamin N. Duke, interceded with financial support. He and his brother, James B. Duke, invested their time and money into the university and established the Duke Endowment, used partly to build the new Duke University.