Duke University was originally Trinity College which was located west of Durham in Trinity, North Carolina. It was established in 1838 by Methodists and Quakers. (Wake Forest University was originally in Wake Forest, N.C., but moved to Winston Salem, N.C..)
Trinity, N.C. is in Randolph County and has a population of 6,614.Trinity College started as Brown's Schoolhouse, founded in 1838 by Quaker and Methodists. It was a private subscription school. In 1841, the state of North Carolina issued a charter for the Union Institute Academy at the site. The name was changed to Trinity College in 1859.
The current town took its name from the college.
Trinity College moved to Durham in 1892 and in 1924 had its name changed to Duke in honor of Confederate veteran and tobacco industrialist Washington Duke (who I've been writing about in my Running the Blockade Civil War Naval Blog).
Trinity, N.C., is the home of NASCAR race car drivers Kyle Petty, Bobby LaBonte and Brian Vickers.
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