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Monday, October 18, 2010

Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color

Professor Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll's recent book, Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color has been receiving a lot of attention. Leimenstoll, who teaches in the Interior Architecture program, co-authored the book with Patricia Phillips Marshall, curator of decorative arts for the N.C. Executive Mansion and the N.C. Museum of History. The book focuses on Thomas Day (1801-61),a free man of color from Milton, North Carolina. Long admired as a furniture maker, Leimenstoll examines his architectural woodwork, still found today in many Greek Revival homes in Caswell County. The book also documents how Day was able to succeed in the antebellum South.

UNCG's press release on the book can be read at here, but also be sure to catch the interview on "The State of Things" and the review in The New York Times.

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