We all know that face when we see it because it is on the syrup that many pancake lover love as well as the pancake mix. The relatives of the real life “Aunt Jemima” are suing the Quaker Oats Company for $2 billion. The claim is that they have been shorted revenue that was due to them in an agreement from the late 1800’s. D. W. Hunter and Larnell Evans who are the grandsons of Anna Short Harrington claim that she and Nancy Green should have received revenue each time their images were used.
“The image symbolizes a sense of caring, warmth, hospitality and comfort, and is neither based on, nor meant to depict any one person,” subsidiary PepsiCo said in a statement. Quaker Oats claims the contract never existed and that “Aunt Jemima” is a fictional character.