Nancy Green’s story is one that could only have been written in America. A true rags to riches story and an inspiration to anyone facing great adversity. Her story is about to be lost because of the movement by BLM, et al to erase history.
Nancy was born into slavery in 1834, in Montgomery County, Kentucky. She was a domestic servant, but after the civil war, Green was freed. She moved to Chicago where she again worked as a housekeeper and cook for a wealthy family by the name of Walker.
To earn a little extra money, Green saw an ad looking for people to model products and she thought she might give a try. As luck would have it, she was just what two young entrepreneurs were looking for and they hired her! She became the first African-American model for a new milling company.
She was the face and Aunt Jemima was her name. The concept for the character had already been scripted by Charles Rutt and Chris Underwood, the founders of the Pearl Milling Company. They created America’s first ready-mixed pancake flour and their registered trade mark was Aunt Jemima.
They renamed the company the Aunt Jemima Manufacturing Company. In 1893 they sold the Aunt Jemima Manufacturing Company to the R.T. Davis Milling Company. Green stayed on and made her first live public appearance that same year at the Columbian Exposition (aka Chicago World’s Fair).
Green was a hit at the worlds fair (as was her pancakes) and her fame continued to grow. Throughout her life she would support many civil rights causes, including women’s suffrage. She lived until 1923, but her success story and legacy didn’t end there. They continued on to inspire and amaze millions who only knew her as Aunt Jemima. The lady on the box of pancakes.
Unfortunately, this is a new day and groups like Black Lives Matter and their liberal supporters demand that the name “Aunt Jemima” be withdrawn from the pancake flour, because they say its racist! I don’t think Nancy Green would approve of this erasing of history. This was a name made her a fortune and she used her fame and money to contribute so much to impowering black people in America. Her legacy is soon to be lost on future generations because of the new American Taliban’s that wish to defile history.
Also to be censored out of existence is the Indian maid on Land O Lakes butter and Uncle Ben’s rice. All Civil War statues are disappearing and several paintings that hang in the Senate will be taken down, because they belonged to famous Confederates. But, history deserves to be remembered, both the good and bad. This is how we learn. Our American history serves a noble purpose, even if those who are remembered weren’t, like Aaron Burr or Benedict Arnold. Nancy Green’s story ought to be remembered.
From the famous passage in George Orwell‘s novel 1984: “He who controls the past, controls the future; and he who controls the present, controls the past.”.