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White Collar Insanity

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Deputy Clerk David S. Morrison worked at the Scott County Courthouse in March of 1891. Trusted deputy clerks handled all monies for court costs, fees, and allowances made to jail staff, witnesses, […]

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The Murderous History of Mr. Bray – Part 2

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The body of a woman was found floating in Boone Lake, on February 9, 1975. A fisherman found her at the mouth of Muddy Creek, near the Tri-City boat dock, at around 10:45 am.

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Folklore and Ghost Stories / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / Myths and Legends / People / Shady Ladies

Kingsport’s Woman in Black

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The stereotypical “woman in black” has been a ominous figure throughout much of history. The Appalachian regions were no exception.

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Any Witch Way?

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Residents of the Appalachian Mountains have a number of unique struggles and adversities not found elsewhere, as it has always been. The prevalence of the stereotype is a major adversary. More stereotypes exist surrounding these mountain ranges than any other region of the United States.

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The Melungeon People

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There were multiple families in the initial group. They were varied in hue and features, but the outside world wasn’t aware of them for nearly a century.

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The Melungeon Manipulation

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Being an original Melungeon must’ve been a difficult life. The overwhelming majority of the media held you in utter contempt.

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Melungeon Community

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The earliest “proof” of Melungeons is commonly cited is the Stony Creek church minutes from 1813. One church member accused another of “harboring melungins.

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The Real History of Melungeons

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Sadly, it seems even less is known of the people today. Early historical accounts suggest the Melungeons were there before the white settlers.

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Melungeon Fame

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As word spread of the “new race” so did fantasy. Northern reporters made it a point to briskly “investigate the community,” by speaking to one or two families, so they might carry off biases, prejudices and unfair assumptions of all.

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Melungeon Etymology

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This word has been used for centuries, although in strikingly different contexts. The most likely origin is the French term “Mélange,” which simply means “mixture.

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