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Thomas Day (1801-c. 1861), a free African- American in antebellum North Carolina, was one of the state’s finest cabinetmakers, renowned for his fluid lines and undulating forms. He was also an innovator, pioneering the use of steam-powered tools and other aids to mass production, and he is now considered one of the founding fathers of North Carolina’s furniture industry. See 36 examples of his handiwork at the Renwick Gallery’s “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color.”


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