Black Labor White Wealth: The Black Man Who Created Jack Daniels

AFRICANGLOBE – After 150 years, Jack Daniels has finally revealed that an enslaved was behind the world-famous recipe of America’s most popular whiskey. Until now, the story told was that a white moonshine distiller named Dan Call had taught his young apprentice, Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel, how to run his Tennessee distillery. But it appears that the brand is finally ready to embrace its controversial history after it revealed it was not Dan Call, but one of Call’s slaves named Nearis Green who had passed on his distilling experience to Daniel.

“It’s taken something like the anniversary for us to start to talk about ourselves,” Nelson Eddy, Jack Daniel’s in-house historian, told The New York Times.

According to a 1967 biography, “Jack Daniel’s Legacy”, Call told his slave to teach Daniel everything he knew.

“Uncle Nearest is the best whiskey-maker that I know of,” Call is recorded as having said.

Slavery was brought to an end in 1865 with the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

Daniel opened his own distillery a year later where he employed two of Green’s sons.

A photo taken from the time shows a man thought to be one of Green’s sons sitting alongside Daniel and his workers.

The photograph is significant as typically, black employees would have been forced to stand at the back.

 

His inclusion may have signified that he played an important role at the Jack Daniels distillery.

Yet Nearis Green and his family were all too quickly forgotten about until very recently.

Phil Epps, the global brand director for Jack Daniel’s at Brown-Forman, which has owned the distillery for 60 years, insists it was not a “conscious decision” to omit the Greens from the whiskey’s history.

But at a time when the distillery was trying to market Jack Daniels to the segregated south, it is also unlikely that they would have celebrated its Black heritage.

Epps said they had come across the founder story while researching the origin of the whiskey.

“As we dug into it, we realised it was something that we could be proud of,” Epps said.

Some critics have criticised the move as a cynical way to target a new market of millennials who are known for “digging at social issues”.

By celebrating the history now, it prevents it coming out later expectantly.

However, the brand claims it’s simply keen to set the record straight.

After decades of ignoring the Greens’ story, which was well known to local historians, Jack Daniels has accepted the history which will be featured on its distillery tour.

Slaves once made up the majority of men working in the distilling industry and records of slave sales show that their whiskey making skills were highly prized.

Historians also believe that certain methods used to create American whiskies, not found in German or British traditions, may have come from ancient African techniques passed down through the generations.

But, like so much else appropriated from enslaved African-Americans —from recipes to traditions — the distillery owners would take credit for their slaves’ whiskey.

And with so little written about the contribution of enslaved Blacks at the time, historians are left with few clues to how enslaved men and women created American whiskey.

Another Jack Daniel’s tradition is the Lincoln County process, where unaged whiskey is passed through several feet of maple charcoal to purify the bourbon, leaving it with a slightly sweet flavour.

Once again, the history books credit white Tennessean Alfred Eaton with inventing the technique in 1825.

But experts say it is more likely that it stemmed from enslaved Blacks who would use charcoal to remove the impurities when illicitly brewing their own alcohol.

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When the REAL facts come out, they probably DID NOT discover the country, it was us. It's coming in 1...2...3...

White folks you're a bona fide trip and a half. Confess to the world who you really are. You tube says you're Lepers; folks who suffered Leprosy. It's also stated you have calcified pineal glands. One thing's for certain, you're a weird, murderous, sexually confused lot, and no where CLOSE to as beautiful as you THINK you are.

There's an elderly fella who sings to a baby on TV that when you give him a glimpse he'll cure constipation. The baby coos, but in reality, we all know that baby's saying WTF has me in it's clutches??????

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I'm not even surprised.  

I'd already read many years ago about just how many Black people had their ideas, writings and inventions stolen by Whites.  

That, along with the fact that Black people were not allowed to obtain patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc.:

 

"The Patent Act of 1793 and 1836 barred enslaved Africans from obtaining patents because they were not considered citizens.

In 1861, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, enacted a patent law that allowed enslaved Africans to receive patent protection for their inventions, according toBloomberg.com.

In 1870, the U.S. government passed a patent law giving all American men, including Blacks, the rights to their inventions."

----------- http://atlantablackstar.com/20...by-us-patent-office/

 

If they ever allowed to walk along side their freaky asses, the truth would come out as to who carries the real STRENGTH. These fuckers can't walk astride a sidewalk crack without breaking an ankle. That's why they have to carry penis extensions called Guns; the Ejaculators of Fire. Something's wrong with these European Cast-offs.

  That's the same thang that happened with Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Colonel?  He stole the recipe from the black woman who cooked all the meals in the plantation house.   As usual, what white man do YOU know who cooked during the civil war or before?  Not beans or sloops.  Food!  And in terms of cooking, it is the same in France....the stole the whole concept of cuisine came from African slaves...cuz why?  Africa had amazing spices/veggy/fruits/nuts.  Massa came from a continent whose soil couldn't produce enough food to feed its peasants.  As why many died during those times of the plague.  Just sayin massa and others parasited off of us in ALL areas of people activities...especially anything to do with consumption whether its food or drink.  We mastered in it.  [I mean beer wasn't invented in France as a champayne...it was enjoyed by Egyptians for dynasties...massa is who call it beer...it was NEVER just beer. ] But!  

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Kocolicious posted:

  That's the same thang that happened with Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Colonel?  He stole the recipe from the black woman who cooked all the meals in the plantation house.   As usual, what white man do YOU know who cooked during the civil war or before?  Not beans or sloops.  Food!  And in terms of cooking, it is the same in France....the stole the whole concept of cuisine came from African slaves...cuz why?  Africa had amazing spices/veggy/fruits/nuts.  Massa came from a continent whose soil couldn't produce enough food to feed its peasants.  As why many died during those times of the plague.  Just sayin massa and others parasited off of us in ALL areas of people activities...especially anything to do with consumption whether its food or drink.  We mastered in it.  [I mean beer wasn't invented in France as a champayne...it was enjoyed by Egyptians for dynasties...massa is who call it beer...it was NEVER just beer. ] But!  

Wow, I did not know that and it makes sense too. You know damn well why Black people love Kentucky Fried Chicken because it's how we like it and everybody else too. 

“We’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil — black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit,”

Jesse Williams

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  Exactly!!   As I said.... out of the mouth of a "babe."  And the metaphors?  Blew me away.  Like at the end...rinds of strange fruit.  Reminds me of Billy Holiday's song...."strange fruits."  [i.e. (Jim Crow's) lynchings vs (Today's) shootings]  This young brotha is too deep.  But!

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