JOIN US JUNE 23, 24 AND 25 IN THE COOL MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA FOR THE 20TH ANNUAL MHA UNION! This is a very short film showing scenes from last year's summer gathering of the Melungeon Heritage Association. 2016 marks twenty years the group has been holding gatherings or Unions. It's part conference, part family reunion. This year will be held in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, with a day trip over to Vardy Valley, Tennessee on Friday morning. People come to this gathering from all over the country, and they self identify as Melungeons, Creoles, Redbones, Pell Mellers, Cherokee, Saponi, African American, just plain ole "Appalachian" and more. Our motto is "One People, All Colors" and everyone is welcome!
On Friday night June 24th, I will be displaying a group of photographs from a project called "PEOPLE AND THEIR PEOPLE" which is an ongoing portrait project. This is part of a reception held at the Southwest Virginia Museum in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Saturday's rich array of speakers will be on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College.