New York Times best-selling author Fawn Weaver has created the Nearest Green Foundation, an organization that will honor the man who taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey. In a press statement, Weaver said she was inspired to create the foundation, after learning about Green from a story written by the New York Times in 2016. The story detailed Green’s relationship with Dan Call, who owned a whiskey distillery in the mid-1800s in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Green, who was an enslaved black man, served as the master distiller for Call’s whiskey operations, and ultimately taught Daniels how to make the liquor.
“The idea that there were positive stories out there of whites and Blacks working side by side, through and beyond the Civil War, resonated with me,” Weaver said. “I liked the story of Jack Daniel, but Nearest Green’s story and the community at large really stayed with me.”
Call eventually handed the distillery to Daniels but his and Green’s families continued to work with each other for years. Now, the 313-acre farm once owned by Call and where the distillery was located, is now owned by Weaver and her husband.
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