Aunt Jemima's relatives say they got screwed out of her pancake money following her death in 1955 ... and now, they're looking for reparations to the tune of 3 BILLION DOLLARS!!
The great grandson of Anna Short Harrington -- who took over the Jemima character in 1937 -- filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo, the Quaker Oats Company and 2 other businesses on behalf of her heirs.
D.W. Hunter claims the companies conspired to deny Harrington was a Quaker Oats employee ... but continued to exploit her image for more than 60 years without paying up.
Harrington was selected for the role because of her pancake recipe -- which they recreated for the grocery store ... but her family believes racial exploitation was involved in the deal.
They claim Harrington was talked out of using a lawyer -- exploiting her lack of education so the company wouldn't have to pay for her recipe.
Aunt Jemima Heirs File $3 Billion Royalty Lawsuit
8/9/2014 7:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF