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Aunt Jemima's Legacy Asked For On The Bottle

Aunt Jemima's name and face are now gone.

Lillian Richard and Anna Short Harrington both served as models for Aunt Jemima at different points, and well before the most recent version with the woman in pearls.

Vera Richard Harris, Lillian's great-niece wants to see Lillian's name plus the names of all the other models who portrayed Jemima inscribed on the new Pearl Milling Company packaging, to honor their contributions.

Harris doesn't want her great-aunt, or any of the other models, to be forgotten, as does Wanetta Cowan great-granddaughter of Anna who says these conglomerates have made a fortune off their family members' images for decades.

The brand is now officially Pearl Milling Company.

PepsiCo announced it is "starting a new day with Pearl Milling Company that's rooted in the brand's historic beginnings and its mission to create moments that matter at the breakfast table."

So, they created a new logo that's still tied to history, but without the stereotyped image of a Black woman with a headscarf in the kitchen.

The previous logo had been a staple for more than 130 years, but PepsiCo admitted, "While the Aunt Jemima brand was updated over the years in a manner intended to remove racial stereotypes, it has not progressed enough to appropriately reflect the dignity, respect and warmth that we stand for today."

The character, was based on an 1800s "mammy" -- a black servant in a white household, but the "Aunt Jemima" figure was portrayed by a real-life woman named Nancy Green who'd actually been born into slavery.

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