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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 02:49 AM

The story of Nearest Green, America's first known Black master distiller

by Stefanie Benjamin
Assistant Professor of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, University of Tennessee


When you hear the name Jack Daniel, whiskey probably comes to mind.

But what about the name Nathan “Uncle Nearest” Green?

In 2016, The New York Times published a story about the distiller’s “hidden ingredient” – “help from a slave.” In the article, the brand officially acknowledged that an enslaved man, Nearest Green, taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey. Since then, scholars, researchers and journalists have descended upon Lynchburg, Tennessee, hoping to learn more about a man who, until then, had appeared as a mere appendage in the story of the country’s most popular whiskey brand.

As a scholar of tourism whose research involves highlighting marginalized populations and counternarratives, I followed these developments with keen interest.

In the fall of 2020, my critical sustainable tourism students created a short documentary, “Uncovering Nearest.” I wanted my students to learn more about Green, since so many voices and faces of enslaved Africans and Black Americans have been silenced or erased from American history textbooks and heritage tourism sites.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/the-story-of-nearest-green-americas-first-known-black-master-distiller-164311

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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 03:24 AM

1. Yet another forgotten Black American. There's a lot of them.

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