The truth was rediscovered about an African-American (an enslaved man) who had taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey.
During the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous alcohol drinks in the world, the Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand decided to share the essence of the brand.
It is interesting to know that for more than a century, the company’s history has been centered on the notion that their founder, Jack Daniel, was taught how to produce whiskey by Dan Call, a minister.
In recent tour organized during the anniversary, the company has revealed the real man behind the scenes. His name is Nearis Green.
According to the company, it has never been a secret, but they decided to claim it loudly right now during the celebration.
“It’s taken something like the anniversary for us to start to talk about ourselves,” said Jack Daniel’s in-house historian Nelson Eddy.
The role that Green acted in Jack Daniel’s whiskey-making process was attributed in the 1967 biography, “Jack Daniel’s Legacy,” by Ben A. Green. In the book, Nearis Green was told to teach Daniel everything he knows.
In those days, enslaved Black-Americans had their own traditions of alcohol production.
Still the question remains, why has the company refused to say anything about it until now?
After he was not given the credit for 150 years, why now?
In any case, we have already known that African-Americans from the time of slavery have been paying their contributions to the country’s history and development. It is only a mystery for the white people, who believe that American history is all about them. They prefer to ignore or even hide Black people’s achievements, enjoying their own uniqueness.
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