ROSEVILLE, Minn.—The Minneapolis NAACP has demanded an apology from Joe’s Crab Shack after two diners discovered their table at a Roseville location was decorated with an image from an 1895 hanging in Texas.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the diners were waiting for their meals Wednesday when they noticed a historical image embedded in their table depicted a hanging with a cartoon bubble above the hanged man’s head that reads, “All I said was ‘I don’t like the gumbo!'”
The two determined the image was a real photo from an 1895 hanging of a black man in Texas.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, the NAACP demanded an apology and the removal of racist imagery from all restaurant locations.
Parent company Ignite Restaurant Group issued an apology. The table has since been removed.