One People, All Colors
A Joint Statement from the Vardy Community Historical Society (VCHS) and the Melungeon Heritage Association (MHA ) We the members of VCHS, in conjunction with the members of MHA, jointly issue the…Continue
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Last summer, reporter Mary Helen Miller came to Big Stone Gap to share the experience of 16th Melungeon Union at the Southwest Virginia Historical Museum State Park. She interviewed many of us and…Continue
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this is a preliminary draft of a transcription project, provided by Dr. Arwin Smallwood:…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.
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Justin Kennedy, formerly of Abingdon, VA, is a student at New York University whose current research involves Melungeon history. This flyer provides contact information and details.…Continue
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 1:11pm
Those of us who have been fortunate to hear Dr. Smallwood's presentations at Melungeon Unions will find much familiar material in this article published by Oklahoma Humanities this summer, "A History Long Forgotten: Intersections of Race in Early America." The events calendar has been update to include Dr. Smallwood's June 2013 trip to Canada as…Continue
Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:25am