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Black History Month: The Father of Ice Cream

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to tell you about a major contributor to the history of ice cream. His name was Augustus Jackson, also known as The Father of Ice Cream.

Who was Augustus Jackson?

Augustus Jackson was an African-American man who worked as a white house chef in the 1820s. After Dolly Madison popularized ice cream in the white house, Augustus Jackson really perfected it.

Augustus Jackson, Black History Month: The Father of Ice Cream

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After he worked in the white house, he moved back to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and started his catering and confectionery business. He's known as the Father of Ice Cream because he invented a new and improved way to make ice cream. He sold his invention to ice cream shops as well as ice cream carts. Because of this, he became one of the wealthiest black people in Philadelphia.

The Father of Ice Cream

Augustus Jackson was dubbed the Father of Ice Cream because he revolutionized the ice cream making process. He was the first one who used salt to make the ice melt slower. His ice cream making process and recipes revolutionized ice cream in Philadelphia.

Black Woman Eating Ice Cream, Black History Month: The Father of Ice Cream

Recognizing and remembering black history is important to seeing the full story of human history. The next time you're making ice cream, remember the Father of Ice Cream, Augustus Jackson.

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