They had me at the universal symbol for fried pie, up there not once, twice, but three times.
And then you get to wondering what does sweet Mahalia Jackon have to do with fried pies and chicken? Well, in the ’60s a whole chain of restaurants opened up selling Mahalia Jackson’s Glori-Fried Chicken (‘It’s Gloree-Fried, and that’s the Gospel Truth’). They put her image on the packaging, the way the Colonel and Minnie Pearl (whose chicken was, according to the package… ‘How-dee-licious‘) were for their respective franchises.
When the first two Mahalia Jackson Fried Chicken restaurants opened in Memphis, in 1968, the paper mentioned that ‘several Southern Christian Leadership Conference officials took time out of their annual meeting to congratulate Miss Jackson and participate in the festivities’ — Ralph Abernathy and Rev Fred Shuttlesworth among them.
Joe York did a little film on Mayo and his fried pies: