Thomas Day was born about 1801 in Virginia to a free black mother. To his fortunate birth (black children's legal status being defined by their mothers'), Day added initiative and artistic vision--and a bold determination to carve out a life little constrained by white supremacy.
In 1823, Day moved to North Carolina. Within a decade, he had established himself as one of the state's pre-eminent furniture craftsmen and entrepreneurs. His creative work was widely recognized a
But let her remember, that it is in Britain alone, that laws are equally favourable to liberty and humanity; that it is in Britain the sacred rights of nature have received their most awful ratification.