Interview with Freddie Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, October 16, 2008

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

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.

Interview Accession

2009oh019_bik002

Interviewee Name

Freddie Johnson

Jimmy Johnson

Interviewer Name

Thomas Troland

Interview Date

2008-10-16

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Johnson, Freddie Interview by Thomas Troland. 16 Oct. 2008. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, F. (2008, October 16). Interview by T. Troland. Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Freddie, interview by Thomas Troland. October 16, 2008, Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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