The Melungeon Heritage Association is a non-profit organization documenting and preserving the history and cultural legacy of mixed ancestry peoples of the southern and eastern United States.  While our focus will be on Melungeon heritage, we firmly believe in the dignity of all mixed ancestry groups and commit to preserving this heritage of ethnic harmony and diversity. MHA does not endorse any particular theory of origin or the work of individual researchers.  Annual Melungeon Unions bringing together researchers and descendants are central to MHA’s mission, but are not the only activities we sponsor.

All who support the work of MHA, whether identifying as mixed ancestry or not, are invited to participate in the work and goals of MHA as well as the gatherings and events. As we celebrate our past, we also seek to understand its impact on our lives today and help others to do the same.

The board of directors of MHA includes Scott Withrow (SC, President), Terry Mullins (VA, Secretary), Paul Johnson (VA,Treasurer), Todd Beckham (MA), Claude Collins (TN), Kathy Lyday (NC), Manuel Mira (NC), Mary Lee Sweet (FL), Rose Trent (TN), Elizabeth Williams (GA). President Emeritus S. J. Arthur (KY) is an advisor to the board, with Consultants Lisa Alther (TN), Marilyn Cheney (MA), Ina Danko (TN), Michael Gilley (VA), Jameson Jones (VA), Toney Kirk (WV), Lynda Logan (WV), Elmer Maggard (KY), Eddie Manuel (VA), Phyllis Morefield (VA), Stephanie Musick (VA), Arwin Smallwood (NC), Laura Tugman (TN), Stacy Webb (KY), and Wayne Winkler (TN).   

For further information about MHA, write to; we are not able to answer genealogical research queries. 

A membership form which can be printed and mailed, or emailed, is attached to this message.


We would like to thank all of those who donate to MHA. Without your support, we cannot continue in our work to research, educate, and archive information concerning Melungeons and other mixed ancestry or associated peoples. All donations are tax deductible.

MHA is a federally recognized 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization. Thank you for any amounts you contribute to MHA. Do not think your contribution would be too small to be appreciated. All donations, no matter the amount you can afford, are appreciated. 

A PDF form is attached for your convenience in directing your contributions.    


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