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Master of Mahogany : Tom Day, Free Black Cabinetmaker (African-American Artists and Artisans)
by Mary E. Lyons | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by Megi53 of Danville, Virginia USA on 2/22/2005
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by erosabird): travelling


2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Megi53 from Danville, Virginia USA on Tuesday, February 22, 2005

9 out of 10

It won several awards, but now it's out of print. It's aimed at the school market, but it is very detailed and scholarly.

The Thomas Day House/Yellow Tavern is located 15 minutes from Danville in Milton, NC and I have vague plans to donate this book (well labeled for BC!) to the restoration project. 


Journal Entry 2 by Megi53 from Danville, Virginia USA on Saturday, May 19, 2007

9 out of 10

Sprightly writing, with lots of similes: "The shop would be as tight as a new shoe, but it would be his." (page 12) "Tom was as happy as a peeper frog in a pond when he bought the Yellow Tavern on Main Street in 1848." (page 28) And for goodness' sake, don't miss the pecan pie analogy on page 20!

Poor Ms. Lyons -- she wrote this in 1994 and in 1995, Tom's brother John's letters were discovered, scattering her theories about Morning Star, Cyrus, and the coat of many colors to the winds ...

I'd love to see this book revised and published anew. It's so unique and well-suited to reports for Black History Month. Most of the photos are lovely (although I'd prefer a clearer view of the newel post in the Paschal House, page 25). It would be wonderful if the digs at Milton and the 19th-century South could be toned down as well. "...Mary Ann needed a better class of young people..." indeed!

The story of a law passed solely to allow Tom's wife Acquilla to move to North Carolina was very romantic!

See this site: for updated info. 


Journal Entry 3 by Megi53 at Union Tavern in Milton, North Carolina USA on Saturday, May 19, 2007

9 out of 10

Released 10 yrs ago (5/19/2007 UTC) at Union Tavern in Milton, North Carolina USA

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Put in doorway leaning against right side -- 2nd doorway from the right. 


Journal Entry 4 by erosabird from Roxboro, North Carolina USA on Thursday, May 31, 2007

9 out of 10

This was found across the street from the "Yellow Tavern" (still standing) at the Milton General Store where my niece works. We have all read it already and my mother owns a copy. We are very proud of Thomas Day; my brother-in-law "is" Thomas Day during celebrations in Milton.

I would like the world to know about Mr. Day and so my plan is to send it traveling out west to Colorado with my fried who is visiting here.

CAUGHT IN MILTON NORTH CAROLINA USA 


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