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Laurel craftsman refurbishes legal icon Thurgood Marshall's desk
Laurel craftsman refurbishes legal icon Thurgood Marshall's desk

As a long-haired teen growing up in the 1960s, Jim McCullough had little clue what he wanted to do with his life, but two things did stir him: He hated the way some people in Laurel, his hometown, looked down on his African-American friends, and he loved using the wood lathe in shop class. He has traded the hippie locks for a grandfather's trim goatee. He long ago gained renown in the region as a master furniture craftsman, at times for his work on pieces used by government officials from presidents to attorneys general. And he recently finished a job that joined his early passions. McCullough, 59, just spent seven weeks restoring a desk once used by Thurgood Marshall, the Baltimore...

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