Jimmy Johnson and Freddie Johnson

Title

Jimmy Johnson and Freddie Johnson

Subject

Buffalo Trace Distillery
Distillers.
Distillation.
Whiskey.
Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Distilleries--Kentucky
Whiskey industry--Kentucky
African Americans in the whiskey industry
Frankfort (Ky.)
Blanton, Albert B. (Albert Bacon), 1881-1959
Bourbon whiskey
Race relations--Kentucky

Description

Jimmy Johnson is a retired foreman who worked for many years at Buffalo Trace, primarily in the warehouses. Freddie Johnson, his son, is a former engineer who now works as a tour guide at Buffalo Trace. Both grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky. In this interview, Jimmy and Freddie Johnson describe what it was like to grow up in Kentucky and how they began working at the distillery. Jimmy describes what the distillery was like in the 1940s and 1950s and explains his rise to the position of foreman. He talks about his treatment at the distillery as an African American, explaining that Buffalo Trace did not tolerate racism. Jimmy also discusses Colonel Albert Blanton, a former president of the distillery. Jimmy and Freddie emphasize the importance of community and history at the distillery. They explain how the distillery has changed over time, but stress that the fundamentals of producing bourbon remain unchanged.

Format

video

Identifier

2009OH019BIK002

Interviewer

Thomas Troland

Interviewee

Freddie Johnson
Jimmy Johnson

Interview Keyword

Colonel Albert B. Blanton
Military service, Voluntary--United States.
Distilling, illicit
African Americans--Segregation
Childhood
Families.

Sort Priority

0001

Files

johnsons.PNG


Citation

“Jimmy Johnson and Freddie Johnson,” Buffalo Trace Distillery Oral History Project, accessed August 18, 2019, https://nunncenter.net/buffalotrace/items/show/2.