Special Alert

Photography Exhibit - "The Jemima Code"

  • October 24, 2016 - November 05, 2016 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
  • 1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705
  • M-Th, 9am-7pm, F-Sa 9am-5pm.
  • FREE admission
  • (919) 660-3663

The idea of a "Jemima Code" came to Toni Tipton-Martin as she was researching the varied history of African-Americans working in America's kitchens. She discovered that they were virtually invisible. The character, Aunt Jemima, was built on a myth that combined various characteristics of African-American women into one, larger-than-life, mammy culinary stereotype. This stereotype was used to shame and demoralize African-Americans and deny their culinary professionalism and expertise. With her book, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks, and the traveling exhibition of monumental historic photographs of African-American women at work in and around southern kitchens, Tipton-Martin works to reclaim the knowledge, skills, and abilities these women demonstrated in their daily lives.

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
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