Revealed: Michelle Obama’s WHITE distant cousins… and how the First Lady’s great-great-great grandmother had a relationship with a slave owner’s son

Two silver-haired white women in Georgia are the distant cousins of Michelle Obama, an African American whose decedents were black slaves.

Dolphus T Shields, right, was the First Lady's great-grandfather. He was the son of a slave owner and a slave

A new book reveals that the First Lady’s great-great grandfather was born to a slave on a small Georgia plantation and her master’s white son.

The tale of Mrs Obama’s long-lost relatives, which neither family ever talked about, shows that racial identity is even more complicated than most Americans realize.

President Barack Obama is also mixed race, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas.

New York Times journalist Rachel L Swarns used DNA testing and historical documents to track down Mrs Obama’s living white family members for her new book, ‘American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama.’

Joan Tribble, 69, was found to be one of those distant cousins. Her ancestor, Henry Wells Shields, owned Mrs Obama’s great-great-great grandmother, Melvinia.

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