June 26, 2012
Photo by Curt Yeomans
Jim McSweeney, regional administrator of the National Archives at Atlanta, speaks about the importance of family histories Tuesday during the dedication ceremony to the great-great-great-grandmother of First Lady Michelle Obama.
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The Caucasian and African-American members of the Shields family came together for their first official gathering Tuesday. Clayton County officials brought the family together for the unveiling and dedication of a monument to Melvinia Shields in Historic Rex Village. She came to what is now the Rex area as a slave in the 1850s.