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

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

Fawn Weaver (Twitter Photo)

Green’s existence has 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.

“It was jarring tat arguably one of the ost well-know brands in the word was created, in part, by a slave,” said Ms. Weaver, 40, an African american real estate investor and author.  More….