Named after L. Brian Jenkins's great grandfather, Leonard Quinn Duncan, grandson of freed slaves in southern Illinois and one of the first African-American men to own his own land in the early 1930's. Mr. Duncan had these goals: to own and farm his own land and sell his produce for fair market rates, to protect his family, to pass on a good name, and to leave an inheritance for future generations.
Leonard Duncan, affectionately know as either “Daddy” or Grandpa,” was a farmer, a veteran and the grandson of freed slaves from Paducah, KY, who desired for his young wife and nine children to prosper.
Beginning in 1922, he began to acquire land by having his half-brother, “Uncle Carl,” who could pass as a white man, purchase up to 80-acres in Stone Fort, IL. Over the next 40 years, Grandpa Duncan would amass more than 300 acres that he passed to his 9 children upon his death in 1972.
Today, his initial purchase of 5 acres in 1922, through aquisitions by his children, has increased to over 600 acres, including Duncan Lake, the only black family owned lake in the State of Illinois.
The Duncan land is an asset that has provided revenue, created jobs for the community, and served our family for more than five generations.
The Duncan Legacy Fund seeks to honor God in all we do and mobilize capital to African-American and Hispanic owned businesses in order to grow profitably.