NBC series to feature Georgia College historians
Georgia College history professors Dr. Bob Wilson and Dr. Rachel Shelden will help Emmy award-winning cooking host Paula Deen trace her Southern roots on NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”
The professors will join the celebrity cook on a personal journey to discover her family background during the show’s season finale at 8 p.m. Friday on your local NBC affiliate channel.
“The whole process is a great adventure,” said Wilson, university historian.
“My colleague and Civil War Era historian, Dr. Shelden, met with Ms. Deen, who was absolutely delightful to work with. Ms. Deen connected with her great-great-great-grandfather, John Batts, a substantial cotton planter of Lee County. Batts served in the legislature in the late 1850s and early 1860s, hence his association with Milledgeville.”
Watch the genealogical search as Deen uncovers a profound past.
For this season’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” episodes, visit www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/