Tue., June 11, 2013 7:27am (EDT)

Obama Ancestor's Monument Toppled
By Associated Press
Updated: 10 months ago

REX, Ga.  —  
Clayton County Chairman Eldrin Bell unveiled a monument to Melivinia Shields in July 2012. Shields is a descendant of First Lady Michelle Obama. New York Times reporter Rachel L. Swarns (right) uncovered the Obama connection. Police are investigating after the monument was recently toppled. (Photo by Parker Wallace.)
Clayton County Chairman Eldrin Bell unveiled a monument to Melivinia Shields in July 2012. Shields is a descendant of First Lady Michelle Obama. New York Times reporter Rachel L. Swarns (right) uncovered the Obama connection. Police are investigating after the monument was recently toppled. (Photo by Parker Wallace.)
Police are investigating after a monument dedicated to one of first lady Michelle Obama's relatives was knocked over in suburban Atlanta.

Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton said a stone monument to Michelle Obama's great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, was pushed over and will need to be inspected for cracks.

Officials say Shields was born into slavery in the mid-1800s and later settled in Rex, Ga., — about 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Officials say the monument was installed about a year ago, and the county commission organized a celebration later this month to recognize Shields' connection to the White House.

It wasn't immediately clear when the monument was toppled.