The Murphy Theatre, Wilmington OH
Much more than being Aunt Jemima!
Lexington, KY born and raised, actress, director, comedienne Debra Faulk brought to life the story of Nancy Green who became the first of many faces of the trademark “Aunt Jemima“. This one-woman, FREE production was more than what was expected. It’s not about Aunt Jemima per se….but the real woman behind the moniker.
Most of us have heard the stories of Aunt Jemima, the blackface minstrel act whence her name came about, The ‘mammy’ stereotypes, the racism, and of course the pancakes.
Debra Faulk provided us a glimpse into who Nancy Green was, as a person, not a caricature. Did you know…
- Nancy Green was born a slave in Montgomery County, KY
- Nancy Green was in her 50’s when she was discovered to play Aunt Jemima
- Nancy Green had a lifetime contract to portray Aunt Jemima
- Nancy Green helped organize the oldest African-American church in Chicago: Olivet Baptist Church
- Nancy Green was an activist and fought for equal rights in Chicago
- Nancy Green was struck by a car in downtown Chicago and died…to this day she has no headstone on her burial place 😥
Debra Faulk as Nancy Green was very entertaining, an amazing storyteller in her own right and she loves to talk as she admits. The performance was just an hour including the last few minutes of Q&A with the audience. I believe this year (2020) is her last under contract to do this, so if she comes to your area, it’s an experience, I’d encourage to attend.