We exist to shine a light on those who have been forgotten. The ones who toiled without recognition. We are here to ensure where credit is due, credit is given.
This is for the ones who work in the shadows.
The ones who do great things without the glory.
Who from behind-the-scenes build a legacy that creates legends.
This is for Nathan Green, the man called Nearest.
A slave and the first African-American master distiller in the United States.
The best whiskey maker the world never knew.
This is for all the men and women whose stories remain untold.
The ones we’re stronger and better because of.
This is for all of us.
Is there a person in your family who you’ve heard did remarkable things but whose story has long been forgotten? Who from behind the scenes built a legacy that helped create legends? If so, then share your story! Your ancestor could be the next person we shine a light on and ensure the world knows their name. READ MORE
In Lynchburg, Tennessee, the name Nearest Green has always meant something special. His birth name was Nathan Green but those who knew him best, his family and friends, called him Uncle Nearest. No one actually knows how he obtained that nickname, so we assume he was the “nearest and dearest” READ MORE
In 1967, the world learned about the important role Nearest Green played in the life of a young man named Jack Daniel READ MORE