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Photo by Jeylin White
Karol Osborne (from left), Joyce Baul, Gail Buckner and Marie Barber, model a few of the fancy purses that will be sold to raise money for a newly launched scholarship, called the “Historical Significance Scholarship,” in honor of Melvinia Shields, the great-great-great grandmother of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

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‘Purses with a Purpose’

Scholarship fund-raiser to honor Obama’s ancestor

Gail Buckner, the former state legislator who represented Clayton County in the Georgia General Assembly for nearly two decades, and 11 of her friends have started a scholarship fund in honor of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s great-great-great grandmother, Melvinia Shields, who had roots in Clayton County.


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