Melungeon Heritage Association
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Melungeons explore mysterious mixed-race origins-- Asheville Citizen-Times

This feature story from the Asheville newspaper, featuring interviews with DruAnna Williams Overbay and Dr. Kathy Lyday was picked up nationally by USA Today the weekend of 19th Union:…Continue

Started Sep 11

Melungeon Heritage Association plans gathering in North Carolina-- Johnson City Press

From Dylan Chesser in the Johnson City Press, a…Continue

Started May 26

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

Started May 21

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

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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.



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19th Union photos shared by Julie Williams Dixon

This gallery includes longtime MHA members and newcomers who shared family memories and photos at 19th Union. In addition to being an accomplished filmmaker, Julie is a photographer and her participation in 19th Union at Warren Wilson College was twofold.  She presented the keynote address on Friday evening but also invited people to bring family pics on Saturday, to be photographed with…


Posted on September 11, 2015 at 4:30pm

Earl L. Ijames and Wayne Winkler, 19th Union Presenters

Earl L. Ijames is currently the Curator at the North Carolina Museum of History and been both a reference and photograph archivist at the North Carolina Office of Archives and history. Earl is also a farmer, heavily involved in many aspects of his community, and currently lives in Wendell, NC.  A 1991 graduate of North Carolina State University, Earl has a degree in History with minors in Economics, English and…


Posted on June 18, 2015 at 12:34pm

Dr. Kathy Lyday, 19th Union Presenter

Dr. Kathy J. Lyday teaches first-year writing, linguistics, grammar, history of the English language, American literature, literature of the Holocaust, and Appalachian literature on a regular basis at Elon University in Elon, NC, where she has taught for 33 years.  She also taught an interdisciplinary seminar on the Melungeons for two years.  After finishing her…


Posted on June 11, 2015 at 2:56pm

Frank W. Sweet and Nick Douglas, 19th Union Presenters

Frank W. Sweet is the author of Legal History of the Color Line (ISBN 9780939479238), an analysis of the nearly 300 appealed cases that determined Americans' "racial" identity over the centuries. It is the most thorough study of court cases on this topic yet published. He was accepted to Ph.D. candidacy in history with a minor in molecular anthropology at the University of Florida in 2003 and completed all but his dissertation defense. He earned an M.A.…


Posted on June 5, 2015 at 5:55am

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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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