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FC: Furniture Project By: Brittany Alston & Erial Harris
1: Famous for his craftsmanship, Thomas Day, a free African American, became one of North Carolina’s most prolific furniture makers. | Born to free parents in Dinwiddie, Virginia, Day and his brother, John Jr., were well-educated.
3: During the early 1900s, Randolph County hosiery and furniture industries experienced rapid growth. Among the new hosiery plants were Asheboro Hosiery Mills, McCrary Hosiery Mills, Dependable Hosiery, and Tip-Top Hosiery Mills. Several new furniture factories included National Chair Company and P&P Chair Company. The latter manufactured the world famous Carolina Rocker.
5: The early years of Heilig-Meyers were successful. W. A. Heilig and J. M. Meyers started a furniture store in Goldsboro in 1913. On a limited budget, they became an entrepreneurial success (they even delivered furniture on foot with smaller items strapped onto their backs). | When other businesses failed during the Great Depression, the two Lithuanian immigrants cut costs and used in-store credit to grow their business. By the end of the decade, the two owned five stores: Goldsboro, Kinston, Wilson, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount. | In 1946, Heilig sold his interests to Meyers, who turned management over to his sons. Under their helm, the company grew to 14 stores by 1964 and 19 stores by 1970. Although the company’s headquarters had moved to Richmond, Virginia, most stores were located in eastern North Carolina.