Nancy Green aka “Aunt Jemima” the Pancake Queen
Born a slave in 1834 in Montgomery County, Ky, Nancy Green became one of the first prosperous African American women in the U.S. She worked for the Walker family in Kentucky and moved with them to Chicago just after the Great Fire in 1872. Follow her story on becoming "Aunt Jemima" after businessman R.T. Davis purchased a pre-mixed, self-rising recipe for pancakes. He wanted an "Aunt Jemima," a character from minstrel shows, which were popular at the time, to be the face of his pancakes. His "Aunt Jemima" would be a friendly, animated, African American cook who served a wealthy white family. Her "Aunt Jemima" role gave Green financial independence few African Americans and few women experienced at the time. She used her wealth to empower her community. Active in her church, she led missionary trips, invested in anti-poverty programs for African Americans, and advocated for equal rights.
In support of the Kentucky Chautauqua program by the Kentucky Humanities, Equus Run presents a series of engaging stories of famous Kentuckians and their claim to fame brought to life by vibrant performers of history. The shows are spellbinding.
All shows are $10 and include a light meal. Doors open 6pm. Beer, wine and cocktails are available.