Michelle Obama's Irish Roots Traced to Irish Slave Owner
Smolenyak traced Michelle's heritage back to a young slave girl Melvinia Shields who was once traded for $475. Melvinia would go on to have children with an Irish-American slave-owner named Shields. The Times says Michelle Obama is linked to Melvinia's son Dolphus Shields. Melvinia became the property of Henry Shields in 1852.
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