Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900

Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900

Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900

Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900

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As a workman, my father was without a superior,
in that section of the state. He designed and executed
all styles of clothing and uniforms which the trade
demanded, even going back to old continental
styles and theatrical costumes
.

—John Patterson Green,
Fact Stranger than Fiction (1920)

John R. Green was a tailor, employing several
journeymen and apprentices, who turned out a good
style of work….He was a bright mulatto, and always
dressed in the latest fashion, making his own figure an
advertisement of his proficiency in the art of improving
the looks of men. [He] was much respected for his
modest, unassuming behavior, though he possessed
wealth enough to put on airs
.

—Stephen Miller, “Recollections of
New Bern Fifty Years Ago” (1873)

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