25 March 1922
Charlotte, North Carolina
DADDY OF FORTY-SEVEN CELEBRATED BIRTHDAY
NEW BERN, March 24-
A.S. Shields, a negro preacher who is the father of 47 children, celebrated his 72nd birthday today with a fair gathering of his children around him. All but five of his children are living. He married a second time 18 years ago and has had 17 children by this marriage. Shields was a slave in a family of which representative Claude Kitchin and former Governor W.W. Kitchin are members. He preaches his sermons in a church he owns himself.