One People, All Colors
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
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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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The University of Nebraska Press has just published a new study that I hope many of us will be reading and discussing in the weeks ahead. Melissa Schrift is an associate professor of anthropology at East…Continue
As of November 21, 2013, the search volume for six states and the District of Columbia registered on Google Trends as follows. Tennessee as highest-ranking is assigned 100, then Kentucky's search volume is 93% of Tennessee's etc.
Added by Melungeon Heritage Association on April 30, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments
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
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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
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In 2002, Brent Kennedy issued a statement about the first Melungeon DNA study. Excerpt:
The long-awaited DNA results are in and as many of us have maintained, the Melungeons are indeed a mixture of all races and many ethnic groups.…Continue
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The vast database of Google Books allows for tracing the appearance of different words over time in literature. The Ngram program as applied to Melungeon for the period from 1970 through 2008 shows a dramatic increase beginning in the mid-1990s.…Continue
Added by K. Paul Johnson on June 11, 2012 at 6:38pm — No Comments
Years ago, I was reading a Parade Magazine article about Melungeons. The writer was Brent Kennedy from Wise, Va. I am from Grundy, Va originally. I was fascinated about this. Sometime later, I was browsing in a bookstore in Middlesboro, KY and came across the book "The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People." As I perused the book, I came across Brent's Osborne genealogy. The names sure looked familiar; we were distant cousins.…Continue
For Virginians wondering whether they might have a connection to Melungeon heritage, it is worth noting that in 1943 Virginia Bureau of Vital Statistics Director Walter Plecker issued a list of surnames suspected of being mulattoes trying to "pass" as white or Indian. He estimated "One hundred and fifty thousand other mulattoes in Virginia are watching eagerly the attempt of their pseudo-Indian brethren, ready to follow in…Continue
Proving I’m a Pell Meller descendant is impossible, by the standards some would apply to the word Melungeon.
Both of my father’s parents were born in central Bertie County, the area around present-day Askewville, traditionally known as the Pell Mell Pocosin. My Johnsons, Dunlows, Whites, Hugheses, Millers, Willifords, and many other lines, all traceable to colonial times as living in that area. The written record is abundant about where they lived, and the place name…Continue
Added by K. Paul Johnson on May 27, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
In today's article, Travis Loller of the Associated Press interviewed Roberta Estes and Jack Goins, two of the coauthors of the study's report, and Wayne Winkler, who will appear at this year's 16th Union.
comment by K. Paul Johnson:
Having attended the last four Unions and met almost all MHA members, I can report that the African roots of Melungeons…Continue
Questions about the Lost Colony continue to intrigue historians and archaeologists. A conference this week in Chapel Hill explored newly discovered clues in a 16th century map. Beginning in 2009, Arwin Smallwood has shared his research at MHA Unions, and suggested his native Bertie County as the likeliest place for the Lost Colonists to have resettled. My own family research in Bertie County…Continue
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Preregistration is not required and onsite registration is $10 for the conference itself, with a free Friday afternoon preconference from 1 to 5 pm. The Friday keynote address will be at 7 pm. Saturday presentations will be from 9 am to 4 pm. Other evening and Thursday event details are being finalized. Speaker order will be as follows:
1 pm Johnnie Rhea, 2 pm Phyllis…Continue
This study, released February 16, has generated a considerable amount of news coverage, which is justified by the major changes it reports. Of special interest to readers in the Upper South is this finding: "And the top states for white/black intermarried couples are Virginia (3.3%), North Carolina (3.2%) and Kansas (3.0%)."
The first paragraph of the Executive Summary gives a thumbnail…Continue
Added by K. Paul Johnson on February 17, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments
Frank Stasio interiewed Lisa Alther for The State of Things yesterday, February 1, and the interview is now up on the WUNC website:
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A lot has changed since our little listserv started back in the 90's. I think the last Union I attended was at Berea. Since then a lot has happened with my health, but I did return to graduate school and finished my PhD. My dissertation
Transcultural Transformation: African American and Native American Relations does not deal directly with Melungeons as my…Continue
I have the Anatolian bump (forgive me if I'm not quite up to date on this, but I distinctly remember this!). In…Continue