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Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker

Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker

Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker 

When: May 22-June 6 2011
Price: Free
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Although we have a pretty good idea of America's racial narrative before the Civil War and after, and into the 20th century, there is still plenty of room for outliers and oddities who cut against the grain of history. Case in point: Thomas Day, a free black who was born in Caswell County in 1801 and who died the same year the Civil War began. Beginning in early adulthood, Day carved out a niche making fine furnishings for wealthy whites in popular 19th-century styles to which he added his own flourishes. The N.C. Museum of History hosts a major 70-piece retrospective of Day's work in an exhibition covering 6,000 square feet. Museum curator Patricia Phillips Marshall calls Day "one of the fathers of the North Carolina furniture industry." —David Fellerath

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