‘Aunt Jemima’ heirs seek dough Sues For $2 Billion In Uncollected Royalties For Her Likeness On The Box
According to reports the heirs of Aunt Jemima pancakes are suing the makers of Aunt Jemima Pancakes batter, Quaker Oats , a reported $2 billion dollars for uncollected royalties for selling pancake mix in the likeness of Aunt Jemima. According to reports the company have never paid the families of the former servant anything , dating back to 1890 for her recipe or likeness on the box.
Born a slave in 1834 in Kentucky, Nancy Green was the first Aunt Jemima “Mammy” in 1890.
More than century later, Aunt Jemima no longer resembles a servant, having swapped her red bandanna for pearls and soft curls in 1989.
Now a lawsuit claims that Green’s heirs as well as the descendants of other black women who appeared as Aunt Jemima deserve $2 billion and a share of future revenue from sales of the popular brand.
The federal suit, filed in Chicago in August by two great-grandsons of Anna Short Harrington, says that she and Green were key in formulating the recipe for the nation’s first self-rising pancake mix, and that Green came up with the idea of adding powdered milk for extra flavor.
“Aunt Jemima has become known as one of the most exploited and abused women in American history,” said D.W. Hunter, one of Harrington’s great-grandsons.
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