One People, All Colors
This exciting news was a highlight of the closing portion of 18th Union in Big Stone Gap, a true milestone moment for Melungeon studies. The MECC announcement opens with these words:Big Stone Gap,…Continue
Started Jul 1
Thanks to Wayne Winkler, Lisa Alther, and Arwin Smallwood for providing facts and insights for the viewers of this Bristol-Kingsport-Johnson City NBC affiliate seen on channel 5. Olivia Caridi…Continue
Started Jun 30
The 18th Melungeon Union…Continue
Started Apr 21
For all of us involved in Melungeon research, the loss of Johnnie Rhea is like the closing of a library. She was my mentor and my greatest supporter in the search for my own Collins family roots. …Continue
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About the Melungeon Heritage Association
The Melungeon Heritage Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Melungeon history and heritage. MHA does not endorse any particular theory of origin or the work of any individual researcher.
MHA sponsors annual gatherings for the presentation of information about our people. These gatherings are only part of the work of MHA. This organization is also dedicated to several other areas. Our primary area of concern is telling the story of the Melungeon people and continuting to put together the mosaic of our past that has been hidden for so long. Our mission is to document and preserve the heritage and cultural legacy of mixed - ancestry peoples in or associated with the southern Appalachians. While our focus will be on those Melungeon heritage, we do not restrict ourselves to honoring only this group. We firmly believe in the dignity of all mixed ancestry groups and commit to preserving this heritage of ethnic harmony and diversity.
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.
A membership form is downloadable below. If you do not have Adobe Reader (free on the Internet), you may contact us for an email or regular mail form to be sent to you.
107 individuals from 14 states attended 18th Union. Friday's free events at the Vardy Community Historical Society and Mountain Empire Community College did not require registration but VCHS counted 60 in attendance through the day Friday. 36 attended the Friday evening reception at MECC. The pie chart…Continue
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 9:00am
The latest data from Google Trends shows that online searches for the term Melungeon have been fairly stable over the last five years. (The one exception is a spike in searches in spring 2012 inspired by the AP story about a DNA study.) This indicates that public interest in Melungeons has neither increased or decreased during this time frame, which is reflected in comparable stability in Union attendance and MHA membership and finances. There has been considerable online commentary and…Continue
Posted on June 8, 2014 at 9:00am
Dr. Laura Tugman will discuss her doctoral dissertation, entitled Seeking Roots in Shifting Ground: Ethnic Identity Development and the Melungeons of Southern Appalachia. Her research examined the experience of Melungeon ethnic identity development through ethnographic interviews with Melungeon individuals in Southern Appalachia. Her study concluded that the identity development process and group dynamics occurring within the Melungeons present challenges to the current multicultural…Continue
Posted on May 20, 2014 at 4:54pm
As MHA returns this year to the Melungeon heartland, we welcome a presentation on a unique and little-known figure in the history of far Southwest Virginia, whose family belonged to the same small church as the first recorded Melungeons, in Scott County.
Abijah Alley of Long Hollow
Abijah Alley spent several weeks in heaven conversing with angels in the early 1840s. Back home in Long Hollow, he wrote a book about it. The Alleys were deeply…Continue
Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:30am