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Nathan "Nearest" Green, Jack Daniel Master Distiller

Melanie Wong | Oct 7, 2017 11:26 AM

"Fawn Weaver was on vacation in Singapore last summer when she first read about Nearest Green, the Tennessee slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey.

Green’s existence had long been an open secret, but in 2016 Brown-Forman, the company that owns the Jack Daniel Distillery here, made international headlines with its decision to finally embrace Green’s legacy and significantly change its tours to emphasize his role. . . "

When Jack Daniel’s Failed to Honor a Slave, an Author Rewrote History

The whiskey maker backed away from a promise to acknowledge its debt to a black distiller — until Fawn Weaver swooped into town and took up the cause.
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