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Clayton County Welcomes Author of Book Tracing Story of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Ancestors
Clayton County Welcomes Author of Book Tracing Story of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Ancestors

New York Times correspondent and author Rachel L. Swarns will be signing her new book, “American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama,” at the National Archives at Atlanta on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. Beginning in the 1800’s, the book tells the captivating story of Michelle Obama’s ancestors and their five-generation journey from slavery to the most prominent position in our nation. Clayton County will be among the first of several stops during the book signing tour for Ms. Swarns. First Lady Obama’s great-great-great grandmother was a slave on a farm in what is now considered Clayton County, Georgia, in the mid-nineteenth century.

An announcement of the book has been approved by Ms. Swarns’ publicist as follows:

There is a new book coming out this summer by New York Times writer, Rachel Swarns entitled American Tapestry – The Story of the Black, White and Multi-Racial Ancestors of Michelle Obama.  Plans are for the author to be here in Atlanta at the National Archives at Atlanta on the evening of June 26th.  The book traces Mrs. Obama’s roots to Georgia, specifically to an African American child that was brought from South Carolina to what is now Clayton County in 1850.  Her name was Melvinia Shields, who in her early years lived as a slave with a white family.  As a teenage girl, she ultimately gave birth to mixed race children, the first born of which was to become Mrs. Obama’s great, great grandfather, Dolphus Shields.

The book will be released on June 19th and is currently available for pre-order.  For more information about the event on June 26th, please contact Tamara W. Patridge at tamara.patridge@claytoncountyga.gov.

 

 

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