Radio documentary from 16th Union by Mary Helen Miller

“A Code to Live by in Appalachia”– radio documentary covering 16th Union, Vardy, and more

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 was enthusiastic in her interest. Melungeons enjoyed talking to her as will be evident in her long discussions with Johnnie Rhea, at Vardy as well as in Virginia.  Prior to the Union, Mary Helen spoke to Jack Goins about the recent DNA study about which Wayne Winkler gave a presentation on Saturday.  MHA members Claude Collins, Julie Williams Dixon, and Jim Morefield are among the voices heard in this short documentary.

The radio program can be heard here and the related article here. Mary Helen Miller is a producer/reporter with WUTC, Chattanooga’s public radio station.

(one correction– total attendance at 16th Union was almost double the 30 estimated in the documentary; 48 registrations, 11 presenters.)