Aunt Jemima Through the Ages

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The controversial “Mammy” character has come to be seen as a “racial stereotype.”

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Before the Aunt Jemima brand was renamed the Pearl Milling Company in 2021, the face of the pancake mix was a target of online rumors. We’ve checked a number of them — from a photograph that claimed to show Aunt Jemima chained to a table to the claim that Nancy Green died a millionaire for portraying the character.

Below is a collection of rumors, claims, and recalls that we have checked regarding a reinvention of the brand, the character of Aunt Jemima, and the many women who have portrayed her over more than a century.