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Aunt Jemima brand plans to remove the logo and change its name in the wake of renewed calls for racial equality. USA TODAY

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Two families of women who portrayed Aunt Jemima say they oppose Quaker Oats' plans to rename the brand of syrup and pancake mixes and change the iconic figure. 

Quaker Oats announced last week it would retire Louisville Courier-Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network.

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Originally, Aunt Jemima was shown with a wide smile and wearing a bandanna in her hair, an image that faced criticism for years as it was accused of encouraging racist stereotypes. In 1989, the image was revamped, with the new model wearing pearl earrings with straightened curls.

Anna Short Harrington is believed to be the model after Green.

Larnell Evans Sr., Harrington's great-grandson, told Patch that he was hurt and offended by the brand’s decision.

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