Who was Aunt Jemima?

This African American, a former slave from Montgomery County, Kentucky, was the first Aunt Jemima and the world’s first living trademark. She made her debut at age 59 at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where she served pancakes in a booth. The Aunt Jemima Mills Company distributed a souvenir lapel button which bore her photograph and the caption, “I’se in town honey.” The slogan later became the slogan on the company’s promotional campaign. This African American was the official trademark for 3 decades.

Q: Who was she?

Nancy Green (1831-1898) was more than a living trademark! She was also one of the first African-American missionary workers. She used her stature as a spokesperson to become a leading advocate against poverty and in favor of equal rights for individuals in Chicago. [Click here to learn more]