Though he didn’t devise ice cream for which he is occasionally erroneously given credit he did create many popular ice cream recipes, becoming one of the most affluent African Americans in Philadelphia. Augustus Jackson was employed as a White House cook in the 1820s. When Jackson developed an improved way of making ice cream, he started to market his new creation to both road sellers and ice cream parlors.
Jackson was soon dubbed the “Father of Ice Cream,” and was occasionally erroneously given credit for devising ice cream. While that’s not accurate, he did create several popular ice cream recipes. His company success helped him become among the most affluent African Americans in Philadelphia.