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“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own.)” –Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.

Thomas Day Stairway at Oak Grove PlantationA Tour of Thomas Day’s Works (Free Black Cabinet Maker Before Civil War)

A local African-American entrepreneur from the early 1800s is gaining widespread recognition for his unique furniture and indoor woodworking, a notable accomplishment during Black History Month.

Several of his works are on display at Oak Grove Plantation.

From 1820 to 1860, this businessman, Thomas Day, had dozens of workers, both white and black (including his own slaves), handcraft and later machine-craft architectural elements and furniture. He became the largest furniture manufacturer in North Carolina with his uniquely designed beds, wardrobes, chairs, cabinets and mantels.

More than 150 years later, the talented free black man is finally gaining recognition from the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C., his hometown of Milton, N.C., and the region’s tourist industry. All have displayed and promoted this craftsman’s handiwork.

More can be found in Mike’s article in the Danville Register & Bee.

For details on the regional tour, see the Halifax County tourism website under “Plan a Trip”Go here for a 9-minute PBS Video of Thomas Day and his works.

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