August 10, 2020
BY Minyetta Nelson
A new whiskey distillery with a special place in American history opened its doors to the public in Tennessee in September 2018. The company, called Uncle Nearest, honors the first known African American master distiller in the country: a slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey.
Fawn Weaver who is a best selling author is devoted to uncovering and sharing Nathan "Nearest" Green's history. In the past three years, she's launched Uncle Nearest and has raised about $20 million to take over the whiskey's production and turn a horse farm into a distillery.
The venture makes Weaver is the first female and the first person of color to run a major whiskey or spirit brand. Honoring the man known to some as the "Godfather of Tennessee whiskey."