Peanutbutter, Pancakes and History

Rosa-ParksWhen you think of Rosa Parks you probably don’t think that pancakes and peanut butter have a lot in common with her or with history, but C.G. O’Kelly librarian Tom Flynn let us know they do.

“I wanted to share with everyone an incredible experience from my recent trip to the Society of American Archivists annual conference last week in Atlanta. On Friday morning, at the exhibit hall, they provided a pancake breakfast. The recipe for the pancakes they served came from Rosa Parks’ personal collection and was written down on a recipe card by her. They were delicious and the conference was handing out flyers with the recipe on it. I have attached a copy of the flyer so everyone can enjoy this piece of history.

I made them again on Sunday morning because, if you don’t know already, I love peanut butter and these are that good”

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Click here to read about the collection of Rosa Parks’ personal writings and photos at the Library of Congress.

And the recipe went as follows:

Sift together:

1 cup flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar


1 egg

1 1/4 cup milk

1/3 cup peanut butter melted

1 tablespoon shortening or oil

Combine with dry ingredients

Cook at 275 degrees on griddle

Authors: Thomas Flynn and Luchrita Fulton


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