28 African Descendants You Should Know – February 3

Nathan “Nearest” Green 1820 – 1890 First master distiller of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. An incorrect spelling in an 1880 census has caused some confusion. Nathan “Nearest” Green was born a slave, nicknamed Nearest and later, Uncle Nearest, to all his family and friends. In 1967, Jack Daniel’s Legacy was published, revealing to the world that […]

28 African Descendants You Should Know – February 2

Phyllis Wheatley May 8, 1753 – December 5, 1784 First African descendant poet to publish a book. Born in 1753 in West Africa, Phyllis Wheatley was kidnapped and taken to New England, enslaved and sold to John Wheatley of Boston in 1761. Due to the fact that Phyllis showed extreme talent in literacy, she was […]

28 African Descendants You Should Know – February 1

Jean Baptiste Point DuSable 1745 – August 2, 1818 A frontier trader, trapper and farmer, generally regarded as the first resident of what is now Chicago, Illinois It is unknown the year Jean Baptiste Point DuSable was born, but according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, he was born in St. Marc, Sainte-Domingue [now Haiti]. He was believed […]