Editor's note - Last week it was announced that the Quaker Oats company is "retiring" its Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mixes and syrups due to pressure over the racial stereotype presented by the packaging. The Aunt Jemima line has a connection with Marlboro County, as one of the ladies hired to portray the fictional cook was Anna Short Harrington, a native of the Wallace area.
Aliyah Perkins, who is the great-great niece of Harrington, contacted the Herald-Advocate, regarding her relative's place in history.
"We don't want the company to take the Aunt Jemima name away," Perkins said in regards to her family's feelings on the decision to re-brand the product line. "It is like they are erasing her from history."
The following is an article by local historian John Troy McQueen about Anna Short Harrington. It originally appeared in the December 25, 2014 edition of the Herald-Advocate.