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Published on Oct 20, 2014
In 2009, genealogist Megan Smolenyak traced the new First Lady's family tree back 4 to 5 generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors she uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina who captured her attention. Sadly, this remarkable woman who was born into slavery and lived until 1938 had no tombstone.
Fast forward to 2014 when descendants - mostly still living in the vicinity of Kingston, Georgia - raised funds for and installed an impressive memorial. This video includes not only scenes from this moving ceremony, but also brief interviews with more than a dozen of Melvina's descendants, who also happen to be cousins of Michelle Obama's. While holding a board with their relationship to both Melvina and the First Lady stated, each one shares their thoughts about their notable relatives.