17th Union Press Release

  New Documentary Film about Tennessee’s Melungeons to show in Wytheville at Melungeon Heritage Association’s 17th Union: A Melungeon Gathering Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA 24382. “The Melungeons of Vardy Valley,” a 25-minute film by award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney, premiered at the 2013 Nashville Film Festival in April Wytheville (June 17, 2013) […]

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Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Keneally

A MUST READ for all interested in Melungeons. Prepublication reviews from Publisher’s Weeklyand Kirkus Reviews were encouraging but did not mention the thirteenth of fourteen chapters, which is about Melungeons and features extensive interviews with former MHA President Wayne Winkler.  I just received a new Kindle as a gift and this was the first book I bought […]

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“Creoles and Melungeons: More Important than Ever to America” by Nick Douglas

 Mr. Douglas spoke about his Creole research at 19th Union.   Creoles and Melungeons: More Important Than Ever to America The unique origins of Creoles and Melungeons parallel and complement each other. Their genesis is a uniquely American phenomenon. Creoles, like Melungeons, are a race of black, white and Native American people. Most Creoles and […]

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Mattie Ruth Johnson, 1944-2014

Mattie Ruth Johnson, age 73, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tennessee. Mattie Ruth, who spoke at 6th Union, authored My Melungeon Heritage: A Story of Life on Newman’s Ridge (Overmountain Press, 1997). Tracing her ancestry to the Collins, Mullins, and Gibson families of Hancock County, she gave us a personal […]

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18th Union registration by state

107 individuals from 14 states attended 18th Union. Friday’s free events at the Vardy Community Historical Society and Mountain Empire Community College did not require registration but VCHS counted 60 in attendance through the day Friday.  36 attended the Friday evening reception at  MECC. The pie chart represents only those 52 registered for the Saturday […]

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Johnnie Gibson Rhea, 1931-2014

Johnnie Gibson Rhea, beloved elder of the Melungeon community, 1931-2014 Posted by Melungeon Heritage Association on January 19, 2014 at 2:00pm View Blog  http://vimeo.com/84550978 Johnnie Clyde Gibson Rhea was born in Lee County Virginia on May 23, 1931, daughter of John and Martha Goins Gibson. She was granddaughter of Andy and Emily Long Gibson and […]

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