Thomas Day, Cabinet Maker: Man in the Middle
Monday, April 24, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Library
Thomas Day (1801-c. 1861) was a highly-successful free African-American cabinet maker based in the Piedmont of North Carolina. His striking and innovative designs still inspire awe among furniture and antiques collectors. But his life and work were complicated by many competing antebellum social forces: black and white, slave and free, North and South, Africa and America, art and craft. This dynamic presentation by Laurel B. Sneed, film-maker, educator, and researcher, will analyze the historical evidence, savor Day's legacy in wood, and explore the mystery of Thomas Day and his workshop.
This program is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.