Did you know “Jemima” was based on a real person?

Nancy Green, a former slave, was employed in 1893 to promote the Aunt Jemima brand by demonstrating the pancake mix at expositions and fairs. She signed a lifetime contract with the pancake company and her image was used for packaging and billboards. In 1923 she was struck by a car in downtown Chicago.

African American artist, Betye Saar was harshly criticized for denigrating her own race for depicting Aunt Jemima within some of her work. Even though HER Aunt Jemima was wielding a gun and challenging the notion that “mammy” was to be walked on.

Stop by Rentschler Library throughout February & help us celebrate Black History Month by picking up a few more “fast facts”.

More on Betye Saar: NY Times article
More Black History Month Quick Facts: biography.com

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