Melungeon Family | Credit: Unknown

Melungeon: The Criminalization of Race

Our sixth Freedom Stories event explores the history of a tri-racial ethnic group prevalent in Central Appalachia and the rural Southeastern United States known as Melungeons. Through performance and discussion with storyteller Lyn Ford, author and community scholar Wayne Winkler, and Anthony Mayle, Assistant Director, Marietta College Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we will examine the unique development of multiple racial identities and challenge the story of Appalachian monoculturalism.

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Wayne Winkler, MA
In addition to serving as director of ETSU’s public radio station, Wayne Winkler is the author of two books, his first, Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia and...
Anthony Mayle (Melungeon)


Anthony Mayle, M.Ed., CRC, ABD
Tony Mayle was born and raised as part of a Morgan County, Ohio Melungeon community which has existed in the Morgan County area over several generations. He is a first-generation...


Lyn Ford
A nationally recognized and award-winning fourth-generation storyteller, author and educator, Lyn Ford shares folktale adaptations, spooky tales, and original stories rooted in her family’s multicultural African-American Appalachian (Affrilachian) heritage.  Ford’s...

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