"Behind the Veneer"

TPieces of furniture crafted by Thomas Dayhe N.C. Museum of History is hammering and sawing away on a free exhibit that explores the extraordinary life and legacy of Thomas Day, a free man of color who owned and operated one of North Carolina’s largest cabinet shops prior to the Civil War.  

Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker, which opens May 22, showcases approximately 70 pieces of furniture crafted by Day, who lived and worked in Milton, in Caswell County.

As exhibit curator Patricia Phillips Marshall says:

Thomas Day can rightfully be called one of the fathers of the North Carolina furniture industry.

Pat is curator of decorative arts for the N.C. Museum of History and the Executive Mansion. She co-authored the book "Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color," published by UNC Press.  The book will be released on May 22.

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