Here’s a short answer about who invented Aunt Jemima. Even though Aunt Jemima’s trademark goes back to 1893 and was first registered in 1937, she was really just a character from the “minstrel show” as one of the stereotypical African-Americans.
With her sweet smile and unforgettable look, she was the perfect face to sell products like her famous maple syrup and her appearance was adopted for the Aunt Jemima brand. An actress was even hired to portray Aunt Jemima for public ceremonies and fundraisers at the beckoning of the brand’s owner, Quaker oats.
Who invented Aunt Jemima?