For 150 years, the famous Tennessee whiskey maker Jack Daniel’s kept a lid on an enslaved Black man named Nathan “Nearest” Green. Not until 2016 the Jack Daniel Distillery and the Brown–Forman Corporation revealed that it was Mr. Green who taught the brand’s founder [the Reverend Daniel Call] how to distill the tasty alcoholic beverage. Read about Jack Daniel’s legacy and other stories of stolen ideas by clicking here.
Oscar Stewart, a slave owner, placed an ad about his slave’s cotton scraper invention that read, “the invention of a Negro slave – thus giving the lie to the abolition cry that slavery dwarfs the mind of the Negro. When did a free Negro ever invent anything?” Equally intriguing is where are all the Negro trademark attorneys of modern-day times?