Writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay is well known for her love of moving and inspirational stories, particularly those told from the black perspective. With that in mind, it's no wonder that she found the memorial to Melvina "Mattie" Shields to be so worth posting.
On Saturday, DuVernay shared this tweet:
The memorial in full reads:
This memorial is dedicated to the remarkable life of Melvina "Mattie" Shields McGruder. She was born a slave in South Carolina in 1844. At age 6 she was brought to the nearby Shields farm in what is now Rex, Clayton County, Georgia. Her family would endure a five-generation journey that began in oppression and would lead her descendant to become First Lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama. Theirs is a story of hope. Melvina "Mattie" Shields McGruder is buried in Kingston, Bartow County, Georgia