Greenville founder of Duke’s Mayo subject of museum exhibit

One hundred years ago, one woman made a huge impression on scores of WWI soldiers. And unlike Wonder Woman, Greenville's Eugenia Duke knew a great mayonnaise recipe.

An exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum will honor the legacy of Eugenia Duke, the creator of Duke’s Mayonnaise and the founder of Duke Sandwich Company.

“Eugenia Duke was a woman ahead of her time,” said Upcountry History Museum–Furman University Chief Executive Officer Dana Thorpe.

“Eugenia Duke: A Centennial Celebration” tells the story of how Duke, who moved to Greenville with her husband in 1910, launched one of the most popular brand names in the South. The exhibit is presented by Duke Brands with contributions by Duke’s Mayonnaise and “Southern Living” magazine. Duke eventually split her businesses, selling the sandwich side to her bookkeeper and the mayonnaise spread to The C.F. Sauer Company, which continues to operate it today.

“For 100 years, Duke’s Mayonnaise and Duke Sandwiches have been a staple of southern life,” said Duke Brands Chief Marketing Officer Chris Collins.

The exhibit at Upcountry History Museum is open until Jan. 7, 2018.

In addition to the museum exhibit, Duke is being honored in another way, too.

The pedestrian bridge on the Reedy River behind the Peace Center will be named the Eugenia Duke Bridge after Duke Sandwich Productions, Inc. pledged $75,000 for the repainting of the bridge and installation of new lighting elements. The $75,000 is coming from Duke and its friends and business partners. The Community Foundation of Greenville is managing the fund.

A sign will be erected on the RiverPlace side of the bridge.

City Council has approved the bridge naming rights.


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