Of course, who can mention the word “melungeon” without thinking of my cousin Brent Kennedy, who convinced me to participate in DNA testing to confirm my own melungeon heritage?
To learn more about melungeons, go to www.melungeon.org
Many of you may know that Brent suffered from a stroke in February. Professionally, you may know him from his time at the
Here’s the most recent update (May 21):
For those of you who don't know already, our journey is continuing - we are heading home tomorrow!!!! Brent will be admitted to the SNF unit at
Brent's brother flew into
We are sending out love and best wishes to all of you. See you in
Please continue to remember Brent, Robyn & Ryan in your prayers, and support the Melungeon Union of which he is so proud!
From: Angela Andreae [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Angela Andreae, Director of Communications, KCVB
SIXTH ANNUAL MELUNGEON
The mysterious Appalachian people known as the Melungeons will meet in
Speakers at this event will include David Arnett, former
Bestselling author Lisa Alther will also speak at Sixth Union. Alther, a
Other researchers and authors include Wayne Winkler (Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia), Elizabeth Hirschmann (Melungeons: The Last Lost Tribe In America),: DruAnna Overbay (Windows on the Past), Jack Goins (Melungeons and other Pioneer Families), Eloy Gallegos (Melungeons: Pioneers of the Southeastern United States), Mattie Ruth Johnson (My Melungeon Heritage), Anthony Cavender (Southern Appalachian Folk Medicine), Katherine Vande Brake (How They Shine: Melungeon Characters in the Fiction of Appalachia) and many others.
The Melungeons are a group of mixed ethnic ancestry first documented in northeastern
The Melungeons have historically been associated with the region along the Virginia-Tennessee border east of
Interest in the Melungeons began to grow in the mid-1990s with the publication of The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People by Brent Kennedy, a Melungeon descendent. Internet mail groups and website helped spread interest in the Melungeons, and the first Melungeon gathering was held in 1997 in Wise, Virginia. This gathering inspired the formation of the Melungeon Heritage Association, which sponsors bi-annual “Unions” as well as other events and educational programs.
The Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau has arranged special rates at area motels and hotels for Sixth Union. You can find a list of these hotels and their rates, and information about