Melungeon Heritage Association
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  • Jeanne Lee Durham Siegel
  • Emaline Brannock Winter
  • Bryan Lewis
  • Barbara Tracy
  • Eddie Manuel
  • Betty L. Rose
  • MHA President
  • Jeanne Marie Bornefeld
  • Todd Beckkham
  • Willia Claude Collins
  • Marvin T. Jones

Melungeon Heritage Association's Discussions

Tributes to Johnnie Rhea from members and friends of MHA
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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melungeon Heritage Association Jan 23.

Johnnie's Story
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Johnnie’s StoryBy Johnnie Clyde Gibson RheaOn May 23, 1931, I was born in Virginia to John and Martha Goins Gibson.  My grandparents were Andy and Emily Long Gibson and Alex and Merky Collins Goins. …Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeanne Marie Bornefeld Feb 26.

16th Union Report, Big Stone Gap, VA 2012

 (Johnnie Rhea and Rose Trent at 16th Union-- photo courtesy of Julie Williams Dixon)16th Union at the Southwest Virginia Historical Museum State ParkReport by K. Paul JohnsonEvery Melungeon Union…Continue

Started Nov 21, 2013

Arwin D. Smallwood, Ph.D. returns to North Carolina
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MHA congratulates Professor Smallwood, formerly of the University of Memphis, for his return to his home state as head of the…Continue

Tags: Smallwood, D., Arwin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeanne Marie Bornefeld Feb 26.

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About MHA

 

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.

MHA%20membership%202011.pdf

 

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Melungeon Heritage Association's Blog

"The Melungeons of Vardy Valley" lecture and screening featuring MHA Board Member Todd Beckham 2/27/2014

MHA Board member Todd Beckham was guest lecturer on mixed race ancestry on February 27, 2014 at  Woods Hole, MA at the Marine Biology Laboratory …
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Posted on March 15, 2014 at 6:30am

Recommended Facebook groups

Several Facebook groups deal with Melungeon issues, but only two have MHA members as administrators. The groups are mutually compatible and many people belong to both, as they are different in focus. The recently created Multi Ethnic Historical Research group  is moderated by Paul Johnson, Stacy Webb, and Dennis Maggard and is devoted to "history, genealogy, and genetic study of American mixed ancestry groups."…

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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 6:30pm

Appalachian Voice Online story by Kimber Ray, "Handing Off and Holding On: Melungeon Identity in Appalachia"

This new article from the online journal sponsored by Appalachian Voices features photographs from researcher Tammy Stachowicz and her mother Sylvia Ray, who participated in 16th Union in Big Stone Gap, and whose subsequent discoveries will be of great interest to those who attend 18th Union there this summer.

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 6:31pm

Comment Wall (1 comment)

At 1:28pm on June 13, 2012, Lynda Logan said…

Where is everyone planning on staying - would like to be where the action is!!!!!

 

Lynda Logan

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MHA MEMBERS COMMUNITY

Frequently Asked Questions about Melungeons are answered in the Information about MHA forum. Information on Melungeon history and research and annual Unions is posted here by members of the Melungeon Heritage Association. Members may join or renew by mail, printing the downloadable membership application and sending with a check for $12 annual dues. Memberships may also be handled online paying dues through PayPal (see BUY NOW button), and sending the downloadable membership form to the email address provided.

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Arwin D. Smallwood, Ph.D. returns to North Carolina 1 Reply

Started by Melungeon Heritage Association in Melungeon Unions. Last reply by Jeanne Marie Bornefeld Feb 26.

Johnnie's Story 1 Reply

Started by Melungeon Heritage Association in Melungeon Unions. Last reply by Jeanne Marie Bornefeld Feb 26.

Tributes to Johnnie Rhea from members and friends of MHA 5 Replies

Started by Melungeon Heritage Association in Melungeon Unions. Last reply by Melungeon Heritage Association Jan 23.

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