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Founders Day to Explore Michelle Obama's Relatives in the Civil War

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Frank Smith   202/667-2667
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Founders Day at the African American Civil War Memorial Museum to featured award winning Author Rachel Swarns in a Presentation from American Tapestry on the Civil War Relatives of First Lady Michelle Obama.

On May 22, 2013 The African American Civil War Memorial and museum will marked the Sesquicentennial of the establishment of the Bureau of US Colored Troops with a wreath laying ceremony at 11 am followed by a presentation by Rachel Swarns. In her book on First Lady Michelle Obama’s family, Swarns tells the story of the enlistment of Caesar Cohen in the 128th Reg. USCT. Caesar was the great-great-grandfather of Michelle Obama and was about twenty five years old at his time of enlistment. His name is listed on the Wall of Honor of the African American Civil War Memorial on U Street in Washington DC on Wall D, Plaque 134. Caesar Cohen is from the Robinson side of the Michelle Obama’s family. Audrea Barnes, second cousin to Michele Obama on the Robinson side of the family will also speak on her research on the family tree focusing on the two soldiers in question.

Additionally, running away from a plantation in Alabama was a man named Jerry Sutton/Suter who joined the 55th Regiment USCT. Jerry Sutton/Suter was an adventurous step-father of Michelle Obama’s great grandmother whose name is listed on the Wall of Honor on Wall C Plaque 67. The Michelle Obama relatives are but two of the 209,145 names listed on the Wall of Honor of the Memorial.

The wreath laying ceremony will take place at the monument at 11 am with the presentation to follow at noon at the African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW Washington, D. C. Following the lecture Ms. Swarns will be available to sign copies of her book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama.

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The African American Civil War Memorial is the only national memorial to honor the contributions of the 166 regiments comprising the US Colored Troops (USCT) and sailors who served the Union Army in the Civil War. 

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