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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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Family history that breaks racial lines celebrated

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.

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