Obama monument. A monument honoring the ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama was tipped over by vandals.



Installed a year ago, the monument, constructed at the cost of tax payers, honors Michelle Obama’s great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields. Shields was born into slavery in 1844, dying at the age of 94 in 1938.

Genealogical research in 2009 linked the First Lady with Shields, prompting the first lady to commission the Obama Monument in Clayton County, Georgia.

Vandals Targeted the Obama monument, toppling the stone marking the life of Shields and possibly damaging it.

Officials are considering protecting the gravesite with a 24-hour armed guard, also at the cost of tax payers..


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