Michelle Obama Invited To Grave Of Ancestor Slave By Anderson Cooper’s Cousin
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s cousin Whitney Tower, a descendant of ferry and railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt, has invited Michelle Obama to visit the gravesite of her great-great-grandfather Jim Robinson, a slave who was buried on the family’s plantation in South Carolina.
Tower who is writing a memoir about addiction, “The Gilded Needle” tells the Daily News “After Lincoln freed the slaves, Jim Robinson stayed on and worked there. We believe he was buried there in 1888, in the African-American cemetery. Ms. Obama is welcome to visit anytime.”