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 returning to Asheville next month.
The Melungeon Heritage Association will hold its 19th annual meeting at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa June 26 and 27.
The Melungeons are a group of mixed ethnic ancestry first documented in northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia. Similar groups of “mysterious” people, or at least remnants of these groups, are found all along the Atlantic seaboard. Anthropologists called them “racial islands” or “tri-racial isolates.”
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