One People, All Colors
The Melungeons Got Me!—and I Couldn’t Have Been More Tickled!By Linda Ladd TownsendI attended the 18th Union: A Melungeon Gathering, (June, 2014), and felt instantly included. I am writing this…Continue
Started Aug 4
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
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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.
Here are the latest state rankings for Google searches of the word Melungeons. Note that 100 is always the number of the top ranked state, and each subsequent number is the percentage of that number found in each of the other states. Hence there were 80% as many Melungeons searches in Kentucky as in…Continue
Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:52pm
The unique origins of Creoles and…Continue
Posted on August 22, 2014 at 7:30am
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