Report: Obama related to legendary Virginia slave, genealogist says
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) is seen as a child with his mother Ann Dunham in an undated family snapshot from the 1960’s released by his presidential campaign, February 4, 2008. Obama, now a 46-year-old first-term U.S. senator from Illinois who would be the first black US president, heads into Super Tuesday’s slate of 22 Democratic state primaries and caucuses in a tight race with Hillary Clinton to become the party’s presidential nominee. REUTERS/Obama For America/Handout (UNITED […]
Posted at 7:49 AM, Jul 31, 2012
and last updated2012-07-31 07:49:09-04
(WDBJ7) WASHINGTON – For genealogists, President Obama’s family tree is the gift that keeps on giving.
There was Dick Cheney, Warren Buffett and Sarah Palin. On Monday, genealogists added another notable figure to Obama’s unlikely list of relatives: John Punch, a Virginia slave that some historians consider the first African enslaved in the colonies.