About a year ago Fawn Weaver began working on uncovering more of the history behind the African Americans who taught and supported Jack Daniel in creating what is today a globally recognized whiskey empire. Mrs. Weaver has collected photos from the photo album of Annabelle Mammie Green, the granddaughter of Nearest Green and a few of his other descendents. Green was a slave who taught Jack Daniel how to distill.
"For me it's very simple, it needed to happen," said Mrs. Weaver, an author and entrepreneur, who now lives part of the year in Tennessee and has purchased real estate in her efforts to thoroughly research the family ancestry of Nearest Green, a slave and Master Distiller who taught Daniel how to distill.
Mrs. Weaver says that as African American she's been motivated by "knowing that someone did something so significant, but then it was forgotten. (And) So to be able to bring it back to life is a beautiful thing. "
Nathan Morgan for the New York Times