Thomas Mack was born in St. Helena, South Carolina. In 1940 he went "North," to New York City, to pursue a federal civil service career from which he retired after thirty two years. Mr. Mack's career, however, has always been mult-faceted. In New York he trained as a tailor, a career he still follows in his retirement. It was this career as a tailor that led to Thomas Mack becoming a quilter. He saved craps of cloth from the custom women's dresses as he designed and made. Initially, the scraps were given to his mother-in-law, Spencer Miller, to be used in her quilts. When she became disabled, he decided to make his own quilts with the cherished scraps, "not wishing to be wasteful."
Thomas Mack displayed his quilts in the "Man Made African American Men and Quilting Traditions" exhibition, presented by the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture.
Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution