One People, All Colors
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
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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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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.
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."…Continue
Posted on March 3, 2014 at 6:30pm
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.
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