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The Legendary Thomas Day: Debunking the Popular Mythology of an African American Craftsman

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This article discusses the career of African American furniture maker Thomas Day, a free black craftsman who lived in northern North Carolina, near his birthplace in Virginia. Legend and myth have grown around Day's life and accomplishments, but his access to and business with white customers and his ability to prosper in that world can be attributed mainly to his recognized talent as a craftsman, even if such recognition of a black man was extraordinary in pre-Civil War North Carolina.
North Carolina Historical Review (NoCar F251 .N892), Vol. 78 Issue 1, Jan 2001, p32-66, il, por, f