Vandals Topple Monument of Michelle Obama’s Ancestor

Police in Georgia are trying to determine who toppled a monument dedicated to one of Michelle Obama’s ancestors.monument toppled

The monument had been a tribute to Melvinia Shields, great-great-great grandmother to Michelle Obama, and a source of pride for the community in which she’d lived. Shields had been born into slavery in 1884 before later moving to Georgia.

‘It was our little source of pride because here we are in little old Rex, Georgia, and we had ties to the White House, so there’s pride in us for that,’ Rex resident and Clayton County Commissioner, Sonna Singleton, told local affiliate WSB TV.

So the residents who’d worked so hard to bring the monument to Rex were disturbed when they learned that the statue had been toppled over the weekend.

“We’re going to believe just the way we showed that unity on that day here in Rex when we had the dedication of this memorial, we’re going to believe that there’s not that kind of hatred or dissension that someone would do this,” Singleton said.

Police do not know who knocked over the statue or when it happened.

Shields was brought to Rex when she was bequeathed in her slaveowner’s will to come and work on a farm for Henry Shields. Later Shields married and became a midwife, according to the Census.

Shields died at the age of 94 and was buried in Kingston, Ga.

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  1. I have been a subscriber to this site for awhile now. This article is a classic example of why I am increasingly frustrated with it. Everything comes into question when you can’t get simple facts straight, such as when a particular subject of an article was born and when slavery as a legal institution actually ended.
    It would be no big deal if this was a rare occurrence, but this happens more than often. It is that fact that totally undermines this site ever obtaining any level of relevance. Proof reading, fact checking, some semblance of editing. Is this too much to ask for?

  2. Read and think!!!!!

    Respect the ancestors. I think it’s great that the Original Woman / First Lady know her history. Respect the ancestors!

  3. One would think that in 2013 hate wouldn’t but as long as these people live they will pass this ignorance down to their children and their children, we have to rise above them let them be we cannot do anything about their state of mind, we have danced for them, sang for them nursed their babies, rocked the cradle, pushed the wheel chair, picked the cotton and you know the rest. Let them be you can’t change them, we have to change and move forward. Stop the hate for those that do.

  4. Michelle’s great, great, great grandmother was born in 1844–before the Civil
    War started. So, she was born into Slavery.

  5. Wikipedia states “The war itself had effectively killed slavery, before the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (December 1865) formally outlawed the institution throughout the USA.” The article claims Melvina Shields had been born into slavery in 1884 before moving to Georgia.
    I guess this is another example of the Libturds reconstructing history to their liking. It was George Santayana who said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

  6. People in other countries, even the diplomats, are horrified at the kinds of racist events that occur daily in the United States, although they would never comment publicly; they have too much class. The problem is that the U.S. keeps telling the world how great it is, how democratic it is,what a wonderful Constitution we have. Except that our actions give the lie to our words.

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  8. Just because slavery was legally over, doesn’t mean
    that it didn’t still exist.

  9. Richard Sharrieff

    “…born into slavery in 1884…”? I’m sorry, am I misreading this?

  10. hate abounds when you can desecrate a memorial stone