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Melungeons explore mysterious heritage at local gathering-- Asheville Citizen-Times

The first local publicity for 19th Union has appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times this week.  The opening sentences are:The dark-skinned mountaineers whose origins are shrouded in mystery will be…Continue

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The Melungeons Got Me-- and I Couldn't Have Been More Tickled-- by Linda Ladd Townsend

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

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Started Aug 4, 2014

MECC Announces Donations, Creation of Center for Melungeon Research

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, 2014

Researchers Discuss Origins of Melungeon Heritage at Annual Event (June 28, 2014)

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

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Started Jun 30, 2014

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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.



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Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally published today, 10/9/2014, with entire chapter on Melungeons

A MUST READ for all interested in Melungeons. Prepublication reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews were encouraging but did not mention the thirteenth of fourteen chapters, which is about Melungeons and features extensive interviews with…


Posted on October 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Melungeon metadata as of 8/26/2014

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…


Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:52pm

Creoles and Melungeons: More Important Than Ever to America-- by Nick Douglas

Creoles and Melungeons: More Important Than Ever to America

The unique origins of Creoles and…


Posted on August 22, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

In Memory of Mattie Ruth Johnson

Mattie Ruth Johnson, age 73, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Holston…


Posted on August 18, 2014 at 3:30pm

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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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